ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Woodbridge woman who was recently convicted of aggravated sexual battery of a child family member was found guilty today of illegally reentering the United States.
“Terrazas Siles not only disregarded our immigration laws, she also sexually abused an innocent child while residing in the United States illegally,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “We are committed to prosecuting criminal immigration cases, especially when the illegal alien presents a serious danger to children and other vulnerable victims in our community.”
According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Lourdes Terrazas Siles, 39, is a native and citizen of Bolivia. Terrazas Siles had been previously removed from the United States in 2000, after she attempted to enter the United States with a fraudulent passport. Sometime thereafter, Terrazas Siles reentered the United States without permission to do so. She was found in the United States in August 2016, when she was arrested for felony aggravated sexual battery by a parent, step-parent, grandparent, or step-grandparent of a victim at least 13 but less than 18 years of age. She was convicted in Virginia on aggravated sexual battery charges in June 2017.
Terrazas Siles faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison when sentenced on October 11. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Lyle A. Boelens, Acting Field Office Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Washington, D.C., made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema found Terrazas Siles guilty after a bench trial. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony W. Mariano and Assistant U.S. Attorney Danya E. Atiyeh are prosecuting the case. This case was previously handled by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Kraft.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:19-cr-127.
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