Man arrested on Martha’s Vineyard after raping child, fleeing Brazil

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A 37-year-old man was convicted of raping a 5-year-old child in Brazil in 2019. But before he could be sentenced, the man fled the country, officials said.

On Sept. 28, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston learned the man was living on Martha’s Vineyard. Officials announced he was arrested Monday.

In 2019, the man was convicted for raping a child and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Although, officials said he never appeared for his sentencing in Sorriso, Mato Grosso, Brazil. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

It’s unclear when or how he entered the United States. But officials said he was not inspected or admitted by an immigration official.

“He sexually assaulted a five-year-old child in his homeland and then ran from authorities when held accountable for his actions,” ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons. “ERO Boston will not allow such predators to threaten our residents. We will continue to apprehend and remove anyone who attempts to use our New England community as a refuge from justice.”

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