BUFFALO, N.Y.--(release) U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Enrique Rivas Perez, 28, a native of El Salvador, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to 70 months in prison for transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory L. Brown, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant was arrested in December 2009 at the Peace Bridge after being denied entry into Canada. Rivas Perez admitted that he and a 15 year old cousin traveling with him planned to "elope" in Canada. Questioning by U.S. immigration authorities revealed that Rivas Perez had driven from the Atlanta, Georgia area to the Peace Bridge in the cousin's family car, which the family later reported stolen. During the course of their road trip, the defendant and the cousin, who had not reached the age of legal consent, engaged in illicit sexual activity. Rivas-Perez was in the United States illegally and will be deported following the completion of his jail sentence.
The sentencing was the culmination of an investigation by Special Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations under the direction of under the direction of Special Agent in Charge, Lev Kubiak.