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Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven has returned an indictment charging CHRISTIAN JAVIER AMAYA-AGUILAR, 26, a citizen of Honduras last residing in Danbury, with illegally reentering the United States after being deported.
The indictment was returned on October 4, 2023, and Amaya-Aguilar appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Dave Vatti in Bridgeport and entered a plea of not guilty to the charge. Amaya-Aguilar has been detained on separate state charges since July 2, 2023.
As alleged in the indictment, Amaya-Aguilar was deported from the U.S. following a felony conviction in May 2018 in Connecticut Superior Court for sexual assault in the first degree. On July 2, 2023, he was found in Danbury without having obtained the consent of the Secretary of Homeland Security to reapply for admission to the U.S.
If convicted of the charge of illegal reentry, Amaya-Aguilar faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.
U.S. Attorney Avery stressed that an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This matter is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean P. Mahard.