ICE brokers in Boston arrested a Guatemalan citizen on costs associated to the rape of a kid by power — and a legislation enforcement supply tells the Herald that entry to RMV information was important in bringing him to justice.
Hever Alexander Chim, 37, was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations’ Boston discipline workplace, in line with the company.
“We cannot tolerate the presence of suspected sexual predators who are unlawfully present in our communities,” stated Todd Lyons, the director of the sphere workplace. “I’m proud of our ERO Boston officers who show their commitment daily to protecting public safety. It’s because of their dedication that this suspected predator was located and apprehended.”
It was not Chim’s first run-in with the legislation. He was arrested first by U.S. Border Patrol personnel close to the Canadian border in Richford, Vt., for illegal entry in 2016.
He was transferred into ICE custody thereafter after which launched on bond forward of removing proceedings in a federal immigration court docket, regardless of ERO issuing an immigration detainer to take custody, in line with ICE.
In December 2022, native police in Beverly arrested Chim and he was arraigned in Salem District Court on costs of indecent assault and battery on a baby, and rape of a kid with power. The case was kicked up in March to Essex Superior Court, the place he was arraigned on two counts of aggravated rape of a kid.
At some level whereas underneath home arrest situations, Chim was capable of receive a state-issued driver’s license, which a legislation enforcement supply shared with the Herald. It was entry to his motorized vehicle information that allowed ICE to search out this man suspected of indecent assault and battery on a baby, and rape of a kid with power.
But such legislation enforcement actions could also be in danger, as an undated memo circulated by the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services to chiefs of police, legislation enforcement company heads, and CJIS representatives makes clear. Following the July 1 begin date of an immigrant driver’s license legislation, third-party entry to many RMV paperwork that had been beforehand public are actually restricted.
“(T)he RMV is prohibited from providing access to records or information provided by or relating to an applicant for the holder of a Massachusetts license …including personally identifying information and communications between the applicant and the Registrar of motor vehicles, unless required by federal law or where such access is authorized by regulations promulgated by the (Attorney General’s office),” the memo’s first paragraph states.
The Herald examined the extent of the legislation by requesting all metropolis councilors’ and Mayor Michelle Wu’s driving information on Aug. 21. The request, which was beforehand permissible underneath state legislation, was denied.
The language of the legislation, as summarized within the memo, additionally particularly bars entry to such information by businesses tasked with enforcement of immigration legislation, specifically ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with out a “lawful court order or judicial warrant signed by a judge.”