- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - An El Salvador man living illegally in Colorado is facing deportation because he was convicted of burglary and misdemeanor sexual contact after offering to help a housekeeper but then groping her.

Luis Santiago-Narvaez, 35, of Glenwood Springs, was formally sentenced to probation on Monday. But Pitkin County District Judge Gail Nichols said she expected him to be deported after spending at least 60 days in the county’s jail.

“There’s no doubt in my mind he’s going to be deported, that it’s going to happen,” she said.

A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement, Carl Rusnok, said Tuesday that the federal agency has filed paperwork for Santiago-Narvaez to be released to it upon his release from jail so he can be processed for deportation.

“We are working with state and local law enforcement every day to ensure that these individuals are taken into federal custody to be removed from the country,” ICE said in a statement Tuesday. “These efforts to keep our communities safe and our nation secure are essential to our mission.”

Santiago-Narvaez was arrested in November 2014 after he offered to help a housekeeper who became stranded on a second-floor balcony of a home after she got locked out while cleaning windows. During his trial in June, she testified that Santiago-Narvaez went into the house and opened the locked balcony doors, but then touched her breasts and backside and asked for her phone number. She was able to shoo him away and contacted police.

A psychological evaluation determined he was unlikely to commit another sex crime, but Nichols said Santiago-Narvaez “went too far.”

Defense attorney Ted Hess said Santiago-Narvaez has worked and supported his two children in the area for 15 years despite having “zero years of education.”

“This conviction will ruin his life in America; his wife and children will remain in the U.S. without a husband or father,” he said.


Information from: The Aspen Times, https://www.aspentimes.com/

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