Uber driver charged with sexual assault detained by ICE

A 37-year-old Uber driver who was charged with sexually assaulting a passenger in Ashland was arrested by immigration authorities Monday, officials said.

Jose Arevalos-Avalos, a Salvadoran national living in Holliston, was arrested after he was released on $3,000 bail, according to John Mohan, a spokesman for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He had previously served time in prison for illegally re-entering the country, officials said.

Officials plan to remove Arevalos-Avalos from the country “following resolution of the pending criminal charges against him,” Mohan said.


Arevalos-Avalos allegedly offered to pay a woman $100 for sex after she got into his car to go to work around 3:30 p.m. last Friday, the Globe reported. When the woman refused, Arevalos-Avalos placed his hand between her legs and sexually assaulted her. He also later put the victim’s hand between his legs, police said.

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Arevalos-Avalos was removed from the US in 2011 after he was convicted for cocaine possession with intent to distribute, ICE said. In 2013, he was arrested again for illegally re-entering the country and sentenced to 13 months in federal prison. Arevalos-Avalos had been free on an order of supervision until he was arrested again on Friday.

“However, due to the latest charges pending against him, ICE has deemed Arevalos-Avalos a potential public safety threat and revoked his order of supervision,” ICE said in a statement.

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