Illegal Immigrants Drive Child Sex Crime Charges in North Carolina

North Carolina data indicates massive hidden problem nationwide

In North Carolina, during the past 18 months, more than 331 illegal aliens have been charged with 1,172 child rapes and child sexual assaults, according to data collected by an independent researcher.

James Johnson, who tracks the data on his website (North Carolinians For Immigration Reform and Enforcement), says he is only able to gather data from 30 of the state’s 100 counties, which means it’s likely the statewide count is significantly higher.

Johnson has tracked rapes and sexual assaults on children by illegal aliens since 2013, using original police reports and calling arresting agencies to verify immigration status. His data doesn’t cover every month, but for the 54 months he has recorded, an average of 34 illegal aliens per month were charged with 151 counts of raping or sexually assaulting a child in North Carolina.

Further, a study shows that only 12 percent of child rapes are reported, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center—meaning the total number could be almost 10 times higher.

“It’s happening in every state—we just happen to be compiling the information. It’s a mess,” Johnson told The Epoch Times.

“The ones that I cannot confirm as being illegal aliens, I do not put in the reports. So, our reports are obviously on the low side every month because we can’t get around to every county, every arrest report, and we can’t verify every one that we come across.”

He said that in the last six years, he has only had to pull three reports off the site due to receiving incorrect information from the arresting agency.

National Issue

No federal database exists publicly for illegal alien crime against children, so it’s difficult to get a handle on the severity of the issue nationally.

But Texas has almost three times the population of North Carolina, and California has almost four times, according to Census estimates.

If the monthly rate of reported child sexual offenses committed by illegal aliens in North Carolina is estimated to be 113 illegal aliens charged with around 503 child sexual crimes, that would put Texas at roughly 330 illegal aliens charged with 1,500 child sex crimes per month, and California at 450 illegal aliens charged with more than 2,000 crimes against children every month.

Many Cases

The crimes listed on the NCFIRE website range from rape to indecent exposure.

In May, Jeremias Rafael Deleon-Sales was arrested in Hanover County and charged with statutory rape of a 4- to 6-year-old child.

Just last month, in Orange County, Reyes Rivera-Zapata was arrested and charged with first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree statutory sex offense, and two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Ignacio Cortez Macedo was convicted in Mecklenburg County in April of three counts of forcible sex offense on a 13-year-old girl, among other charges.

A man in Guilford County, Miguel Alberto Guerra-alba, was arrested in April and charged with seven counts of first-degree rape by a guardian.

In January, two illegal aliens were charged with rape of a child under 6 years old; another was charged with 60 felonies, 14 counts of rape with an under-15-year-old and 19 counts of crimes against nature; another man was charged with molesting five girls aged between 4 and 12.

The impact of sexual abuse on children is usually lifelong and profound, according to a research report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Sexually abused children often exhibit symptoms including fear, nightmares, post-traumatic stress disorder, withdrawn behavior, neurotic mental illness, cruelty, delinquency, sexually inappropriate behavior, regressive behavior, running away, general problem behaviors, and self-injurious behavior, the report states.

‘A Lot Worse Than What People May Think’

Johnson, a retired electrician, said when he first launched the website, he attempted to record all crimes committed by illegal aliens after he noticed the prevalence.

“It just got to be incredibly difficult and impossible to do. And I wasn’t getting much traction with it as far as our North Carolina legislators were concerned,” he said. “So I started to think, ‘Well, you know what? These child rapes, that’s about as bad as it gets. I can’t think of a worse crime. If this doesn’t get their attention, I don’t know what will.’”

He switched focus in 2013 to sex crimes against children and has spent at least 40 hours a week since on finding and verifying his information.

Every month, Johnson sends out a report to North Carolina legislators and more than 350 media outlets, “and it’s crickets—nothing, nobody.”

Johnson said the problem is a lot worse than what people may think, and he blames the government and media for not highlighting the issue enough.

“If the public knew how much this was actually happening, first of all, they’d be just shocked. And secondly, I think there would be a revolt,” he said.

He said after six years of sifting through arrest records, he has noticed that illegal aliens rape children four times more often than U.S. citizens.

“Just from my observations, this specific crime of child rape, illegal aliens tend to commit child rapes at a rate of four to one, compared to citizens,” Johnson said. He also said more Mexicans are charged with sex crimes against children in North Carolina, which he puts down to there simply being more illegal aliens from Mexico in the state.

“We have a lot of agriculture and farms in North Carolina. And that’s where they initially started coming from,” he said.

Johnson said the goal of documenting the crimes is to put enough pressure on legislators to enforce immigration laws. “Just plain and simply. Immigrants are fine, illegal aliens are not.”

In June, more than 3,100 illegal immigrants were apprehended each day by Border Patrol along the southern border, according to statistics from Customs and Border Protection.

A caravan of around 3,300 individuals that traveled to the U.S.-border from Honduras in January contained at least 860 criminals who had been convicted in the United States, according to ICE data provided to House Oversight and Reform Committee Republican members on May 17.

The individuals’ criminal histories included almost 30 convicted of sexual offenses, 20 convicted of assault or aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two convicted of violence against law enforcement, and one convicted of attempted murder.

Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) said he’s concerned about all threats to the security of children and families in North Carolina, which is partly why he sits on the House Homeland Security Committee.

“The lawlessness that we are seeing at our border, matched with radical calls to abolish our immigration law enforcement agencies is dangerous and threatens all of our communities,” Walker said via email on July 16. “Congress needs to secure the border and fix our immigration system, while calling out Democrats who are completely and irresponsibly absent from those efforts.”

The remainder of North Carolina’s 11 federal representatives and two senators didn’t respond to requests for comment.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent takes part in an operation to arrest 271 criminal aliens in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands, on March 21, 2018. (ICE)


Six counties in North Carolina have enacted sanctuary policies, which shield illegal aliens from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to the Center for Immigration Studies, which tracks sanctuary jurisdictions nationwide. The counties are Buncombe County, Durham County, Forsyth County, Mecklenburg County, Orange County, and Wake County.

Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough said in February that he won’t honor ICE detainers that request correctional facilities to hold an illegal alien for up to 48 hours longer so ICE can take custody.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden goes one step further and also refuses to notify ICE when the jail is releasing an inmate with a detainer. He says ICE still has access to the jail database and can find that out for themselves.

So far, during McFadden’s tenure, three illegal aliens have been released from jail despite ICE placing detainers on them, according to a report released by ICE.

A 40-year-old Guatemalan was arrested and charged in October 2018 for multiple counts of indecent liberties with a child, rape, and other sex offenses. He was released from the Mecklenburg County Jail in Charlotte, North Carolina, in March, despite a detainer from ICE being placed soon after his arrest in 2018. ICE has since tracked him down and detained him.

The jail also arrested a 30-year-old Mexican man for child sex crimes in December 2018 and released him in January, despite an ICE detainer being placed.

A third case occurred in May, when the Mecklenburg County Jail ignored another ICE detainer and released a 19-year-old Honduran man charged with indecent liberties with a child. He is still at large.

A bill that is currently moving through the state legislature aims to require all local law enforcement to cooperate with ICE. However, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has indicated he will veto the bill, HB370, if it gets to his desk.




2 thoughts on “Illegal Immigrants Drive Child Sex Crime Charges in North Carolina”

  1. Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report

    June 6, 2019


    It has been an interesting first full week in the month of June 2019 when it comes to criminal aliens (illegal aliens) here in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

    This week we take a look at for your radio listeners at two criminal illegal alien brothers who have been charged with multiple sex crimes against children in the State of Oregon.

    In April 2019 Detectives with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit conducted an investigated in connection to a report of children being sexually abused by several members of one family. Detectives learned from the investigation that the adults had sexually abused at least five children in Beaverton and Aloha, Oregon. The duration of the sex abuse occurred over a 15 year period, the abuse ended in 2019 when it was first reported to law enforcement.

    The resulting investigation of the sex abuse of five children led to Washington County Sheriff’s Detectives on April 13, 2019 to arrest Cupertino Juarez-Hernandez, age 33.On April 22, 2019 a Washington County grand jury indicted Cupertino Juarez-Hernandez.

    On May 28, 2019 a second Washington County grand jury indicted Benito Juarez-Hernandez, age 39.

    Benito Juarez-Hernandez (SID: 17812926; DOB: 03/29/1980), age 39, is currently incarcerated for the crime of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, Oregon. The 39 year old brother has been charged with the following sex crimes:

    • four counts of Sodomy in the First Degree;
    • one count of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree;
    • six counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.

    Cupertino Juarez-Hernandez (SID: 118966; DOB: 09/30/1985), age 33, is currently incarcerated at the Washington County Jail in Hillsboro, Oregon. The 33 year old bother has been charged with the following sex crimes:

    • 18 counts of Sodomy in the First Degree;
    • four counts of Sodomy in the Second Degree;
    • four counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree;
    • four counts Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree.

    Seeking information on the immigration status Benito Juarez-Hernandez and Cupertino Juarez-Hernandez, I contacted via e-mail on Friday, May 31, 2019 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Public Affairs Officer Tanya J. Roman with the following questions:

    Are Benito Juarez-Hernandez and Cupertino Juarez-Hernandez illegally present in the United States of America (USA)?

    Did ICE place an immigration detainer on Benito Juarez-Hernandez on October 18, 2013 when he was incarcerated at the Washington County Jail?

    A follow up question, has ICE placed an immigration detainer on Benito Juarez-Hernandez since his incarceration in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system?

    Did ICE place an immigration detainer on Cupertino Juarez-Hernandez since he has been incarcerated at the Washington County Jail?

    Has Benito Juarez-Hernandez or Cupertino Juarez-Hernandez ever previously served time in a federal prison for an immigration crime or violation?

    How many times if any has Benito Juarez-Hernandez or Cupertino Juarez-Hernandez been removed from the USA?

    If Benito Juarez-Hernandez or Cupertino Juarez-Hernandez has been previously removed from the USA, what were the dates, times and locations they were removed from the country?

    Does ICE Public Affairs know Benito Juarez-Hernandez or Cupertino Juarez-Hernandez’s country of origin?

    On Monday, June 3, 2019 ICE Public Affairs Officer Roman sent via e-mail the following response to the preceding questions on Benito Juarez-Hernandez and Cupertino Juarez-Hernandez:

    “Benito Juarez-Hernandez is a Mexican citizen who is illegally present in the United States. On June 25, 2014, Benito Juarez-Hernandez was convicted of Felony Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and sentenced to 75 months in jail. On Oct. 18, 2013, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed a detainer with the Washington County Jail on Benito Juarez-Hernandez and later with the Oregon State Penitentiary. He was previously encountered by ICE in 2009, while being held at the Washington County Jail. Following that encounter, Benito Juarez-Hernandez voluntarily returned to Mexico. ICE has no immigration record of his return to the U.S.”

    “Cupertino Juarez-Hernandez is a Mexican citizen who is illegally present in the United States. On April 17, 2019, ICE encountered and placed an immigration detainer on Cupertino Juarez-Hernandez at the Washington County Jail. ICE previously encountered Cupertino Juarez-Hernandez at the Washington County Jail on April 14, 2016. He was released prior to a detainer being placed.” – Tanya J. Roman, ICE Public Affairs Officer.

    “ICE places immigration detainers with law enforcement agencies on deportable aliens arrested and detained on criminal charges. By placing the immigration detainer, ICE seeks to take custody of aliens if they are released from local custody for any reason (e.g., post bond, charges dropped or released on their own recognizance).

    In most cases, once these aliens that are pending criminal prosecution are transferred to ICE or otherwise enter ICE custody, ICE works with the prosecutor and law enforcement authorities (such as the district attorney’s office and relevant sheriff’s office) to ensure these aliens attend any and all criminal court proceedings. This ICE-DA cooperation involves transferring custody of aliens as necessary via “writs of Habeas Corpus” to further a criminal prosecution. (Such writs may also be used to ensure that aliens in ICE custody appear in court as witnesses.)

    For aliens who are criminally convicted and sentenced, ICE pursues removing these aliens from the United States only after they have completed their imposed prison sentences. To save future detention time and taxpayer money, while these aliens are serving their prison sentences, ICE routinely pursues the lengthy administrative process of obtaining final orders of removal before a federal immigration judge (or administratively, if their situation does not entitle them to appear before an immigration judge). Consequently, in many cases, the time these aliens spend in immigration detention after they complete their criminal sentences is minimized; they can then be removed to their countries of origin shortly after they complete their prison sentences.” – ICE Public Affairs.

    Some back ground information on criminal alien sex abusers from Washington County incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system:

    Benito Juarez-Hernandez, a Mexican national, is one of 43 criminal aliens on April 1, 2019 from Washington County incarcerated in DOC prisons for the crime of sex abuse.

    Mexican nationals were 161 of the 183 criminal alien sex abusers incarcerated in state’s prisons — 87.98 percent of the alien sex abusers in the state’s prisons.

    Lars, the first full week in the month of June 2019 and another criminal alien report for Lars Larson Show KXL FM 101.1 Pacific Northwest radio listeners.


    David Olen Cross



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