David Maya will spend as much as 25 years in prison for raping a 12-year-old Wheeling, W.Va., girl this summer. Then he will go home — to Mexico.
Maya, 24, was living in Maryland when he used the Internet to stalk the girl, then went to Wheeling to rape her in June. Last week, he pleaded guilty to the charge and Circuit Judge David Sims sentenced him to six to 25 years in prison. Let’s hope he serves the full quarter-century behind bars….
His case is far from unique. Similar crimes in which illegal immigrants raped children have been in headlines throughout the United States just during the past few months….
It is a topic some researchers have investigated, with some of them worrying the statistics they find will prompt some Americans to stereotype illegal immigrants.
That would not be fair or intelligent, of course. As many as 11 million illegal immigrants live in the United States. The overwhelming majority of them break no laws except for those against their presence here.
But there is a problem, according to a study by the Violent Crimes Institute in Atlanta, Ga. According to a published report, researchers there found there are tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who are sex offenders in the United States….
Maya and people like him should be on the registries, and federal officials should establish a database of illegal immigrants convicted of sex crimes. It should be checked every time a repeat illegal immigrant is caught — and sex offenders who come back to this country should be locked up for life.
— Distributed by The Associated Press