U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement press release…
SAINT GEORGE, UT – Deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested a repeat immigration violator in Southwest Utah, Tuesday, who was convicted of spousal rape in 2012.
Denis Ivan Ortez, 35, a criminal alien from Honduras, was taken into ICE custody Jan. 7 after being pulled over for a traffic violation by the Utah Highway Patrol. Ortez, was convicted of spousal rape in April 2012, in Los Angeles, California, and sentenced to 3 years in state prison.
Ortez has illegally entered the United States on at least three occasions. On April 25, 2004, he was encountered by U.S. Border Patrol near Andrade Calif. He was granted a voluntary return and returned to Mexico the same day.
Ortez was found to be illegally present in the U.S. for a second time in 2012. On Feb. 18, 2012, ICE deportation officers placed an immigration detainer with the Los Angeles County (California) Sheriff’s Department following his arrest for spousal rape. Following his conviction for spousal rape and subsequent release from state prison on Sept. 4, 2014, he was transferred into ICE custody and administratively ordered removed to Honduras and deported Oct. 9, 2014.
Ortez was found to be illegally present in the U.S. for a third time, when he was arrested Jan. 7, 2019. He remains in ICE custody pending transfer to the U.S. Marshals Service to be prosecuted for illegal reentry.