A Brazilian fugitive convicted of raping a 5-year-old youngster in his residence nation was arrested on Martha’s Winery final week after authorities realized the intercourse offender was within the US illegally.
Officers with Enforcement and Elimination Operations (ERO) Boston, a division inside US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, arrested the pedophile — recognized by the MV Occasions as Saulo Cardoso Ferreira — throughout a visitors cease in West Tisbury final Tuesday, officers mentioned.
“This undocumented Brazilian nationwide represented a major risk to the inhabitants of Martha’s Winery,” ERO Boston Discipline Workplace Director Todd Lyons mentioned in a press release. “He sexually assaulted a five-year-old youngster in his homeland after which ran from authorities when held accountable for his actions.”
Cardoso Ferreira, 37, was convicted of a number of crimes in Brazil for the disturbing rape and was sentenced to 14 years in jail in 2019.
However he by no means confirmed as much as serve his sentence in Might of that yr and was believed to have fled the nation, ICE mentioned. Authorities within the Brazilian city of Sorriso, Mato Grosso then issued a warrant for his arrest.
Investigators have no idea when the convicted intercourse offender entered the US, however mentioned he crossed into the nation illegally — with out being inspected or admitted by immigration officers.
ERO Boston solely realized of Cardoso Ferreira’s presence on the island off Cape Cod, Massachusetts on Sept. 28, in keeping with ICE.
Officers with ERO Boston apprehended him on Nov. 14. He’ll stay in ERO custody pending removing proceedings, ICE officers mentioned.
ERO officers have arrested 46,396 noncitizens with legal histories throughout the US in fiscal yr 2022, in keeping with ICE.
“ERO Boston is not going to permit such predators to threaten our residents,” Lyons mentioned. “We are going to proceed to apprehend and take away anybody who makes an attempt to make use of our New England group as a refuge from justice.”
Martha’s Winery grew to become the middle of the dialog on unlawful immigration final yr after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis shipped migrants to the tiny island, overwhelming its infrastructure and housing market.
Nevertheless, there isn’t any recognized connection between the migrants flown to the favored trip spot and Cardoso Ferreira, who might have been within the US, and probably on the island, for for much longer given that he’s believed to have fled Brazil following his 2019 conviction.