by Cassandra Fairbanks
November 9, 2019
Montgomery County, Maryland, ignored an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer for an accused pedophile who allegedly molested an 11-year-old family member.
The sanctuary county allowed 47-year-old Guatemalan national Luis Fredy Hernandez-Morales, who is in the US illegally, to be released on bail on Wednesday, despite being a danger to the young girl, Kevin Lewis of ABC 7 reports.
JUST IN: @ICEgov tells me Montgomery County, Md. released an alleged child sex abuser on bond this week despite a pending immigration detainer.
48yo Luis Fredy Hernandez-Morales is accused of molesting an 11yo girl.
Per ICE, the Guatemalan national is in the U.S. illegally. pic.twitter.com/07e0LWEHuc
— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) November 8, 2019
“A warrant was issued for Hernandez-Morales’s arrest Oct. 29 for allegedly sexually abusing a minor. The Guatemalan national, according to investigators, touched a juvenile family member inappropriately on at least two separate occasions at the victim’s home in Montgomery County in July. He is also accused of attempting to engage the child in sexually explicit conversation, and tried to tell the victim not to discuss the incidents with others,” the Daily Caller reports.
Hernandez-Morales had first been arrested in Virginia, but was extradited to Montgomery County where he was later released.
“The best way to serve public safety is to work together,” ICE acting Field Office Director for Baltimore Frank Madrigal said in a statement provided to the DCNF on Friday. “Montgomery County had indicated they would securely transfer dangerous criminals to our custody rather than release them to the community where they can reoffend. These actions indicate they intend otherwise.”
Fortunately, federal ICE authorities were able to apprehend him on Friday and he is now in custody.