RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) – An undocumented immigrant convicted of sexual battery in Wake County is now in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
ICE said Furmencio Miranda-Cortazar, 45, of Mexico was arrested by federal officials at his Raleigh home on Saturday.
Miranda-Cortazar was also arrested in 2018, accused of a first-degree sex offense and indecent liberties with a child.
Court documents say the girl was 5 years old when the abuse started and lasted for 8 years.
Miranda-Cortazar was convicted of sexual battery in June.
ICE said it asked the Wake County Sheriff’s Office to hold Miranda-Cortazar on an ICE detainer, but he was released.
But the sheriff’s office says Miranda-Cortazar was in their custody for more than a year – and ICE never got an arrest warrant for him.
This issue has been a hot button topic across the nation and the state as more high-profile sheriffs in North Carolina refuse to comply with ICE detainers.
ICE said that so far this year, local authorities in North Carolina have refused to honor 489 detainers.