Undocumented Immigrant Charged With Molesting Child (Photo)

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A man in the United States unlawfully was arrested on Sept. 19 for molesting a 6-year-old girl in Trenton, New Jersey.

Edgar Mendoza, a 32-year-old citizen of Guatemala, was allegedly caught in the child's bed by her father, reports The Trentonian.

Officials say the victim's father entered the young girl's room around 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 19, and found Mendoza in bed with his daughter.

The father called the police after Mendoza reportedly jumped out the second-floor bedroom window and fled the scene.

A short time later, detectives from the Street Crimes Unit found Mendoza, who was positively identified by the father as the perpetrator.

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Police say a cell phone found outside the bedroom window belongs to Mendoza, linking him to the scene.

"The people in the residence do not know him," Lt. Stephen Varn confirmed when asked if Mendoza is a friend of the victim's family. "We believe he entered through the same window he jumped out of."

"Further investigation found the child had been sexually assaulted by Mendoza," Varn added. She was reportedly taken to the hospital for treatment.

A spokesperson with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said a detainer had been issued against Mendoza, but the agency did not provide further details.

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Mendoza is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and burglary. He is being held in Mercer County Correction Center.

In an address to Congress in February, President Donald Trump called on the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to document crimes committed by immigrants, as reported by Business Insider.

The proposed office, Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE), would publish a regular list of crimes committed by anyone who has ever moved to the United States.

However, statistics show that immigrants commit far less crime than native born Americans.

Business Insider cited a study by the Pew Research Center that found first-generation adolescent immigrants are almost 10 percent less likely to commit crimes than those who were born in the country.

Also cited was a Sentencing Commission report, which found that 95 percent of the sexual assault cases it examined were committed by native-born Americans.

Regarding incarceration, a 2010 American Community Survey of the last 30 years found that "in each of those years, the incarceration rates of the native-born were anywhere from two to five times higher than that of immigrants."

Sources: The Trentonian, Business Insider / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: The Trentonian, Max Pixel

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