ICE agents tracked down a Brazilian fugitive convicted of multiple counts of child rape on Martha’s Vineyard while a Jamaican national facing rape charges in Mashpee was also seized.
Saulo Cardoso Ferreira, 37, was arrested last week in West Tisbury and now faces deportation back to Bazil, Boston-based immigration officials announced.
He was wanted by authorities in his home country for failure to serve a prison sentence for raping a 5-year-old child, immigration officials said. It was not clear how he escaped imprisonment or how he made it to Massachusetts.
He was facing a 14-year prison sentence for what authorities said was a conviction in 2019 in connection with the rape of a vulnerable child.
Ferreira “unlawfully entered the United States on an unknown date, at an unknown location, and without inspection or entry by an immigration official,” officials said.
In the Mashpee rape case, 52-year-old Joshua Wright was out on bail when immigration agents with Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Boston arrested him Nov. 7. A law enforcement source said Wright overstayed his visitor’s visa by two years.
“ERO Boston will not allow such predators to threaten our residents. We will continue to apprehend and remove anyone who attempts to use our New England community as a refuge from justice,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons.
Lyons added ICE agents target illegal immigrants who pose a “public safety threat” and have crossed into the country to escape punishment back home — especially Ferreira for child rape.
“He sexually assaulted a 5-year-old child in his homeland and then ran from authorities when held accountable for his actions,” Lyons said.
In fiscal year 2022, ERO arrested 46,396 noncitizens with criminal histories. This group had 198,498 associated charges and convictions, including 21,531 assault offenses; 8,164 sex and sexual assault offenses; 5,554 weapons offenses; 1,501 homicide-related offenses; and 1,114 kidnapping offenses.