DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE for short put a detainer on Jean Paul Mpanurwa, meaning as soon as the local authorities are done with him, federal officials want to take him into custody.
Jean Paul Mpanurwa is in the Montgomery County Jail on a $500,000 bond. He is charged with rape, felonious assault and kidnapping. The alleged victim is a 90 year old woman who had been walking along a bike path in Dayton.
In 2012, Mpanurwa pleaded guilty to a sex charge in Utah and earlier this year he pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge out of Riverside.
A Montgomery County Municipal Court record obtained by 2 NEWS Investigates indicates Mpanurwa hasn't paid his fines related to the Riverside case and it has been turned over to collections.
2 NEWS investigates has confirmed he has family in Riverside, likely why he came here from Utah. The woman who answered the phone at the address we have for him asked that we call back tomorrow and speak with the man living there.
2 NEWS Investigates spoke with the Davis County, Utah prosecutor Rick Westmoreland about Mpanurwa and found out he's still on probation for that earlier sex conviction, but Westmoreland said Mpanurwa wouldn't be brought back to Utah because it's a misdemeanor.
Westmoreland told 2 NEWS Investigates Mpanurwa spent 37 days in jail but during that time immigration officials did not put a hold on him. Dayton police say he's been in the U.S. on a student visa for nine years.
The only school 2 NEWS Investigates found documented is Clearfield Job Corps in Utah. Westmoreland says he was kicked out after his conviction there.
So why is he still in this country? We asked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of ICE, first the Utah office, then Detroit's which serves Ohio.
During 2 NEWS at 6 we received this statement from Andrew Munoz at ICE, "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has lodged an immigration detainer against Mr. Mpanurwa, which indicates ICE’s interest in pursuing immigration enforcement action at the conclusion of Ohio’s proceedings against him.
Regarding his past conviction, Mr. Mpanurwa’s case was reviewed after his October 2012 Utah arrest. At that time, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations officers determined he was in the country lawfully and that his misdemeanor conviction would not make him deportable under the law. As such, ICE took no further action.”
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