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Illegal immigrant wanted for raping child arrested in Hyattsville

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Local,Maryland,Crime,Naomi Jagoda

An El Salvadoran man who was wanted for raping a child in California was arrested on Monday in Hyattsville, authorities said.

Santos Javier Guevara-Oliva, 33, was charged earlier this month in Santa Barbara, Calif., with aggravated sexual assault on a child under 14 years of age and forcible rape, according to U.S. Immigration and Custom's Enforcement officials.

Officers with ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations determined that Guevara-Oliva had been deported in December 2010 because he had felony convictions. At a later point in time, Guevara-Oliva reentered the United States and took up residence in the Santa Barbara area. Guevara-Oliva then fled to Maryland, and he was arrested at his home in Hyattsville.

Guevara-Oliva was in custody in Baltimore on Wednesday and was awaiting extradition to Santa Barbara. If convicted on the sex abuse charges, he could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, officials said.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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