Officers arrested the suspect, Christian Rivera, at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge on Monday, March 7, during a secondary inspection. Rivera was then transferred to the custody of the Webb County Sheriff’s Office.
Port Director Alberto Flores commented on the arrests, highlighting the role that border guards play in the capture of persons accused of criminal conduct.
“Assisting our law enforcement partners to locate fugitives of the law is one of the many duties our officers perform on a daily basis,” Flores said in the news release. “Apprehending individuals wanted in connection with alleged crimes of a sexual nature exemplifies the border security aspect of our mission.”
CBP indicated that agents confirmed the warrant was active using biometric verification via the National Crime Information Center, which is a database used by law enforcement to identify people with outstanding warrants.
Rivera, who is an American citizen, has a Laredo address and is being held on a $100,000 bond, according to Webb County jail records. The entry for Rivera did not indicate the age of the child he is accused of sexually assaulting.
The Texan requested the arrest warrant affidavit for Rivera, but the sheriff’s public information officer did not respond by the time of publication.
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Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."