Guatemalan citizen arrested and charged with raping child in Massachusetts – Boston 25 News

BOSTON – Federal authorities said Tuesday that a Guatemalan national has been arrested and charged with raping a child in Massachusetts.

Yader Alexander Morales-Quevedo, 24, of Guatemala, was arrested May 28 in New Bedford by deportation officers, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement Monday. He will remain in federal custody pending the conclusion of removal proceedings.

Morales-Quevedo is accused of raping a minor in Bristol County.

Federal authorities said he unlawfully entered the United States on an unknown date and location and without inspection, admission or parole by a U.S. immigration official.

“Yader Alexander Morales-Quevedo will have his day in court, but he faces very serious charges,” Boston Field Office Enforcement and Removal Director Todd Lyons said in a statement. “He posed a serious threat to children in our Massachusetts communities. ERO Boston will continue to prioritize public safety by arresting and removing egregious non-citizen criminals from our New England neighborhoods.”

Morales-Quevedo was arraigned on the charge of rape of a child in New Bedford District Court on August 30, 2022. The court later upgraded the charges and he was arraigned on the charge of rape of a child on January 3, 2023, in Bristol County Superior Court and for a child in a nude, lewd pose/exhibit, officials say.

To report crimes or suspected activity involving child sex offenders, call the ICE Tip Line at 866-DHS-2-ICE (866-347-2423) or complete the online tip form.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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