Charges could lead to deportation
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 2:47pm
A man living in Louisville was charged by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office with sexual battery and will likely end up being deported by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Lt. Tim Moore, an investigator with the JCSO, said this week that Maruel Garcia Hernandez, 23, was arrested by the sheriff’s office Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 and charged with misdemeanor sexual battery. Moore explained this charge is for “unwanted, inappropriate touching.”
“We’re required to notify ICE anytime we arrest someone who is here illegally,” Moore said.
Tammy Spicer, a spokesman for ICE, said Tuesday criminal cases are adjudicated completely before the deportation process begins.
“He’ll face those charges there (Jefferson County),” she said. “He will serve his time in jail.”
Spicer could not speak specifically on Hernandez’ local case, but added it will run its course here unless the local charges are dropped.
Moore said the victim is 16. The incident occurred Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. This was the only incident of this type the victim reported against Hernandez the investigator said.