Convicted sex offender accused of assaulting teen was in U.S. illegally, officials say

July 21, 2015 2:16 pm

An unfortunate convicted sex offender charged last week with sexually assaulting a
14-year-old girl in Santa Clarita is in the country illegally and had
recently been released on bail from immigration custody, according to
federal authorities.

Keane Dean, 26, was arrested Wednesday after a missing 14-year-old girl was found in his Santa Clarita garage, authorities say.
Keane Dean, 26, a citizen of the Philippines,
was released in April on $10,000 bond so he could be free while he
contested his immigration case. He had been targeted for deportation
because of his criminal record.
The 14-year-old girl, who was
found in Dean’s garage, told investigators that Dean befriended her at a
grocery store the previous day, according to the Los Angeles County
Sheriff’s Department.

 Dean has been charged with two counts of child sexual abuse and is being held in lieu of $110,000 bail.
In recent weeks, the fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle in San
Francisco by an immigrant who had been deported five times galvanized
anti-immigration advocates outraged that the local sheriff did not hand
the suspect over to immigration authorities.
Dean was released
through a different mechanism: a bond hearing required for most Southern
California immigration detainees after six months.
But to some,
the Dean case is another tragedy resulting from what they see as the
lenient treatment of immigrants who commit crimes while in the country
illegally.
“Detaining deportable immigrants is imperative because they’re flight
risks, and in the case of criminals because they’re likely to
reoffend,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for
Immigration Studies.
In March 2014, Dean was caught
inappropriately touching himself inside a Macy’s department store and
was banned from the Glendale Galleria for three years. He was sentenced
to six months in state prison for indecent exposure and 16 months for
burglary, to be served concurrently, a district attorney’s spokesman
said.
Dean also has a 2008 conviction for lewd conduct in public.
Los
Angeles County Public Defender Irv Rubin, who represented Dean at his
arraignment Friday, said Dean is no longer his client and has not been
assigned a new attorney.
After serving his time at Kern Valley State Prison, Dean was turned
over to immigration authorities in October 2014 and housed at the
Adelanto detention facility.
Since late 2012, immigration
detainees at Adelanto and three other local facilities have received a
bond hearing within six months as a result of a lawsuit brought by the
ACLU of Southern California and others. Detainees entitled to the
hearings are those in mandatory detention because of their criminal
histories — including some lawful permanent residents — and those caught
trying to enter the country without documentation.
For the
immigration judge to deny the bond, the government must prove that the
detainee is a flight risk or a danger to the community.
“This injunction will not flood our streets with fearsome criminals
seeking to escape the force of American immigration law,” Judge Kim
Wardlaw of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in an April 2013
opinion affirming the need for the bond hearings.
Dean was released April 29 after posting $10,000 bond.
The
bonds give detainees, many of whom have lived in the for
years, a chance to reunite with their families while fighting their
deportations, said Ahilan Arulanantham, deputy legal director at the
ACLU of Southern California.
Alejandro Rodriguez, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, was in
immigration detention for more than three years. He was a lawful
permanent resident who was flagged for deportation because of a 2003
conviction for drug possession as well as a 1998 conviction for
unlawfully taking a vehicle.
“This rule provides due process, and
it would be a mistake to abandon that rule because you have one or even a
few instances where people go out and do bad things,” Arulanantham
said.
According to statistics compiled by the ACLU, detainees were
granted bond in about 70% of the 1,680 hearings held between October
2012 and April 2014. About 70% of those who were granted bond were able
to post it and were released. The ACLU does not have figures on what
percentage of detainees have criminal histories or what percentage have
committed crimes while out on bond, Arulanantham said.
After
his release, Dean complied with requirements to check in regularly with
immigration authorities, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement
contractors visited his home, said Virginia Kice, an agency spokeswoman.
He wore a GPS monitor as part of his parole on the state criminal
charges. Kice said Dean had come to ICE’s attention prior to his 2014
convictions, but she could not say why he had not been deported earlier.
The
parents of the 14-year-old girl discovered she was missing about 9:30
p.m. on July 14. Sheriff’s deputies checked her phone records and found
she had recently spoken with Dean. He answered when they called and said
he did not know where the girl was, according to the Sheriff’s
Department.
Deputies found the girl in the garage of Dean’s Santa
Clarita home. She told them that Dean had sexually assaulted her, the
Sheriff’s Department said.

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