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Salvadorian Man Admits Returning to US Unlawfully, Failing to Register As Sex Offender in NJ

New Jersey

An El Salvadorian man previously convicted for sexually assaulting a child today admitted to failing to register as a sex offender after unlawfully returning to the United States and traveling to New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Officials said Samuel De Jesus Corvera-Mata, 42, pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden federal court to a two-count information charging him with illegal re-entry subsequent to conviction for an aggravated felony and failing to register as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. SORNA requires all sex offenders to register and keep that registration current in each jurisdiction where the sex offender resides.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Corvera-Mata admitted that he illegally re-entered the United States after being deported to El Salvador following a 10-year prison sentence in California for committing multiple lewd and lascivious acts upon a seven-year-old child. As a result of his prior offenses, Corvera-Mata was required to register as a sex offender if he ever returned to the United States.

Officials said Corvera-Mata later illegally re-entered the country and travelled to New Jersey, where he was located and arrested in October 2017.

According to authorities, Corvera-Mata faces a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the illegal re-entry charge, and 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the SORNA charge.

The sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 7th.