An illegal alien who has been traveling the U.S. posing as a pastor has been arrested in Durham by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Juan Alberto Juarez Saravia, 35, has been jailed on charges of child sex abuse.
The Salvadorian immigrant worked in Hispanic communities in the Durham area and was one of 76 people arrested during a massive sting called Operation Southern Impact II that spanned eight southern states.
The operation also freed 13 children who were victims of human trafficking and child sex slavery. Among the agencies coordinating in the operation is the Department of Homeland Security. Saravia told investigators he used a fictitious identity Facebook account to entice a 14-year-old Virginia girl into producing sexually explicit videos of herself.
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Saravia was also charged with first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and taking indecent liberties with a child. He is jailed at the Durham County jail on $750,000 bail.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is working to determine Saravia's exact immigration status and whether he has been deported before.
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