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Man set for deportation facing Yamhill Co. abuse charges

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) - A 26-year-old man in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody in Washington state has been charged with sexual abuse in Oregon.

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office says Jonathan Alcantara Romero was arraigned Wednesday on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree attempted sexual abuse.

The sheriff's office says the charges stem from a six-week investigation for crimes alleged to have happened in August 2016 with a victim under the age of 14.

The sheriff's office says detectives discovered Alcantara Romero was in immigrations custody in Tacoma, Washington, pending deportation, and worked with officials to have him brought to McMinnville.

The sheriff's office says Alcantara Romero will be released to immigration authorities once his local case is complete.

It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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sheriff's office news release:

On August 30, 2017 Jonathan Alcantara Romero, 26, of Dayton was arraigned in Yamhill County Circuit Court on charges of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and Attempted Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. This concluded a 6 week investigation conducted by Detectives with the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office. Security has been set by the court at $150,000. The charges in this case, which are alleged to have occurred in or around August 2016, involve a victim under the age of 14. 

YCSO Detectives had discovered Alcantara Romero was in custody with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) in Tacoma, Washington pending deportation. They then worked with I.C.E. to secure his transport to Yamhill County to be arraigned on his local charges, which were the result of a Grand Jury indictment. 

Alcantara Romero will remain in concurrent custody with I.C.E. while at the Yamhill County Correctional Facility, and released to them once his local charges are adjudicated.


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