CAIRO — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says a suspect currently facing felony charges for the rape of a Grady County juvenile faces potential deportation to Mexico.
Lt. Abby Hall, the Grady County Sheriff's Office investigator on the rape case which brought Daniel Perez-Perez into custody last weekend, said that if convicted on his charges he would first serve time in the Georgia prison system before being turned over to immigration authorities.
"He'll answer for the charges here prior to (deportation)," Hall said.
The sheriff's office received a detainer this week from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for Perez-Perez, 23, who is currently being held in the Grady County Jail on four counts of rape and five counts of child molestation. ICE officials have told the sheriff's office that Perez-Perez was residing in the U.S. illegally.
"He's not supposed to be here from my understanding," said Hall, who added that she was unsure of the nature of Perez-Perez's immigration law violation.
An ICE spokesperson said that typically "if there is an ICE detainer placed on an individual, then they are in the U.S. illegally and that is all we can share."
Immigration authorities were able to locate Perez-Perez following his arrest Saturday.
"When we fingerprinted him, that's a national database and he showed up on ICE's radar," Hall said.
Perez-Perez was arrested the afternoon of November 7 after deputies responded to a report of a sexual assault at a residence off Joyner Road.
Hall said Perez-Perez is the brother of the 12-year-old victim's mother's boyfriend and used his position of trust to exploit the young girl.
"She called him uncle," the investigator said.
Hall said Perez-Perez provided three different last names to authorities following his arrest. "Perez-Perez" is the surname Hall said is recorded in the Homeland Security database, though the Grady Count Jail lists the suspect's name as "Perez."
The incident occurred Saturday at about 4 p.m.
Hall was unsure where Perez-Perez was residing prior to entering Grady County. Perez-Perez was arrested on his first night in Cairo after being brought to the area by family.