ICE: Man Accused of Sexual Assault Is Illegal Immigrant

ICE: Man Accused of Sexual Assault Is Illegal Immigrant Click to Enlarge Photo: Sherburne County Jail

(KNSI) - The man accused of sexually abusing a 68 year old patient at a senior home in St. Cloud is now in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Jesus Manzanilla Alvarado was arrested after allegedly admitting to sexually touching the woman at the St. Benedict's Center.

A statement from ICE says an immigration detainer and administrative arrest warrant was issued March 1st because the 23-year-old from Big Lake is a citizen of Mexico and is in the U.S. illegally.

He currently has DACA status, but with his latest arrest and extensive criminal background, that will be revoked and the process of deportation started.

ICE Spokesman Shawn Neudauer says if Manzanilla Alvarado is convicted and sentenced on the criminal sexual conduct charges, he would be deported after he's released.

Last week, staff at St. Benedict's Center told police that Manzanilla Alvarado had been spending a lot of time with the patient and admitted to sexually touching the woman, who reportedly suffers from anxiety and depression.

He allegedly admitted he had been engaging in the contact, but it had recently escalated.

The patient also said Manzanilla Alvarado had been touching her in her room.

In an emailed statement, a CentraCare Health spokesperson says St. Benedict's Senior Community follows stringent hiring protocols that require multiple forms of legal documentation and review from multiple agencies.

If a candidate seeking employment has DACA status, they are required by law to present an Employment Authorization Document from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. With this document, the individual is allowed to legally work in the United States even though they are not a citizen of the United States.

In addition, all potential employees are required to go through a background check, which is reviewed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

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