Fugitive from Costa Rica returned from United States

A Costa Rican national wanted on an International Criminal Police Organization red notice for indecent assault, sexual abuse of a minor and corruption of minors in his native country has been deported from the United States by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations officers.

The man, Gerardo Cajina Badilla, 49, was removed to San José, Costa Rica, from Newark Liberty International Airport. Upon his arrival in San Jose, U.S. officers turned him over to Costa Rican law enforcement authorities. He faces up to 15 years in prison for these offenses.

Cajina Badilla was the subject of a Costa Rican arrest warrant and red notice since May 2006. He fled Costa Rica to avoid prosecution and entered the United States illegally in February 2005. He remained in the United States without authorization. Cajina Badilla was placed in removal proceedings, and on June 15, 2005, an immigration judge ordered him removed from the United States in absentia. On July 26, fugitive operations officers took Cajina Badilla into custody at Newark Liberty International Airport. He has remained in custody in New Jersey since his arrest.

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