A deported child sex offender recently found in Mississippi now faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
Jimmy Francis Mendoza Diaz, 43, of Honduras, has pleaded guilty to a charge of re-entering the United States without permission.
Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. will sentence him Dec. 14.
Diaz had been deported six years ago after his conviction in the sexual assault of a child about 14 years old in Union County, New Jersey.
He was stopped on traffic violations in Pike County on May 23. A Mississippi Department of Transportation agent called for a background check.
Diaz was brought to Gulfport, where a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent took his fingerprints and ran them on a national computer database.
The background check showed his prior arrests, convictions and deportation order, an affidavit said. It also showed he’d used at least three other names.
Diaz was convicted of aggravated assault from a 1997 arrest in Morristown, New Jersey. He was sentenced to two years in prison and placed in a diversion program for using a weapon for unlawful purposes.
Police in Elizabeth, New Jersey, arrested him in 2005 on a false statement charge. He served two days in jail.
Elizabeth police arrested him on the sex-assault charge Jan. 25, 2007. He also had a false insurance card. Diaz was convicted on the assault and was serving a five-year prison term when an ICE agent found Diaz did not have permission to be in the U.S.
A federal grand jury indicted Diaz in Gulfport on his latest charge in July.