Tuesday, October 3, 2023

This man allegedly sodomized a child in Norfolk. Oh, and he’s in the country illegally

Juviny Calix-Cruz (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office)
Juviny Calix-Cruz (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office)

A Honduran citizen, who is currently charged in state court with serious sex offenses against a child, admitted in a Norfolk federal court Monday to illegally reentering the United States.

Juviny Calix-Cruz, 42, pleaded guilty to illegal reentry by a removed alien, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

For that offense, he faces a maximum punishment of two years in prison – he will be sentenced Sept. 6.

According to court documents, Calix-Cruz, originally entered the United States illegally in 2005. He was first removed from the country in June 2012, and again removed in July 2012 after he again reentered the country illegally, prosecutors said.

Calix-Cruz became front and center on the sights of both local and federal authorities in Norfolk earlier this year when he was arrested and later indicted by a state grand jury for forcible sodomy of a child younger than 13 years old and taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship, federal prosecutors said.

“Calix-Cruz has been deported at taxpayer expense on multiple occasions,” said U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger. “Additionally, he has been charged in state court with allegations of committing serious sex offenses against a minor. This prosecution and guilty plea show that the United States will continue to hold accountable those who disregard our nation’s borders and laws.”

Details about the status of the man’s state charges was not immediately available.

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