Los Angeles:An immigrant in the country illegally who is a registered sex offender is charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl after being freed on bond by the judge overseeing his deportation proceedings, authorities said.Keane Dean, 26, was placed in immigration detention in October after serving time for burglary and indecent exposure, and immigration officials are seeking to have him deported for being in the country illegally, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday.
He was denied bond in December but released in April after posting a $10,000 bond granted by an immigration judge at a hearing mandated by the federal courts, ICE said.Dean, who is from the Philippines, was arrested Wednesday in Los Angeles County after a teenage girl reported missing by her parents was found in his garage. The girl told deputies she had been befriended by Dean a day earlier at the grocery store and he had sexually assaulted her, authorities said.
Dean has pleaded not guilty to two felony sex charges. He is due back in court Aug. 18. A message was left for public defender Irv Rubin, who prosecutors said was listed as his lawyer.The case comes amid a national uproar over the fatal shooting July 1 of a woman on a San Francisco pier after authorities said the suspect had been repeatedly deported and was released from jail despite immigration agents’ attempts to keep him in custody. On Tuesday, the woman’s father told lawmakers in Washington that he supports changing laws that enabled the man to remain in the country. The House will consider a related bill later this week.