Crime

Previously deported illegal immigrant charged with sex crimes

Felipe Carrera Santiago
Felipe Carrera Santiago Union County Sheriff’s Office

A Union County man who was previously deported and is in the country illegally was arrested on Thursday on sex charges involving two victims, including a minor, the sheriff’s office said.

Felipe Carrera Santiago, 36, was charged with second-degree sex offense and attempted second-degree sex offense. He was jailed on $50,000 bail.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has filed an immigration detainer against Santiago. He will remain in custody pending disposition of the Union County charges, the sheriff’s office said.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported Santiago in 2010, and he lacks the legal status to remain in the United States, the sheriff’s office said. Santiago also is known as Felipe Santiago Cruz, according to sheriff’s investigators.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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