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Federal indictment filed on Worthington man

WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man arrested last month in Jackson County has now been indicted in federal court for entering the United States illegally after being deported as a criminal.

The indictment states Oscar Turcios-Rivera, 48, also known as Oscar de Jesus Correa and Oscar Rene Turcios, 50, has twice been arrested and removed from the United States.

In March 1991, he was convicted of an aggravated felony in the state of California for lewd acts upon a child.

Turcios-Rivera was sentenced to six years incarceration and removed from the country at the Calexico, Calif., port of entry on Feb. 24, 1994.

In March 1998, he was removed again from the country at the El Paso, Texas, port of entry.

According to an order of detention filed Tuesday through the District of Minnesota federal court, Turcios-Rivera was last in Mexico in January of this year.

"The recency of his contact with his home country indicates that he has ongoing, viable family ties to Mexico and flight to Mexico might therefore be more easily accomplished for this defendant," the order states. "There is in ICE detainer on (Turcios-Rivera) and he has an order of removal already pending. While not conclusive of flight, it does suggest a motivation for the defendant to flee as removal from the United States appears inevitable."

The order states Turcios-Rivera does not have work authorization, but has been previously employed without that authorization.

"Therefore, he cannot lawfully obtain employment presumable without returning to Mexico. The defendant presents a risk of non-appearance at trial such that no condition or combination of conditions of release will reasonably assure (his) appearance at trial," the order concludes.

Turcios-Rivera has been remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals for confinement.

The indictment states Turcios-Rivera was arrested May 20 in Jackson County after being pulled over for a traffic stop by a Minnesota State Patrol officer.

He was charged with using a fictitious identification, giving a false name to a peace officer, driving after cancellation and having a tint too dark on his windows.

When an Immigration Enforcement Agent (IEA) later interviewed Turcios-Rivera, he claimed to be a United States citizen from Puerto Rico.

After being turned over to Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and transported to Sioux Falls, S.D., Turcios-Rivera was advised of his rights and made a voluntary statement.

If convicted, Turcios-Rivera faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.