The case against an intern serving in the Newark, N.J., office of Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat from that state, who was arrested Dec. 6 reportedly for being both an illegal immigrant and a sex offender, apparently has gone underground.
The Associated Press reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 18-year-old Luis Abraham Sanchez Zavaleta outside of his Newark home.
However, there seems to be no record of the arrest, the progress of Sanchez’s case, or that he is even still in custody.
WND contacted the Newark office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service. Officials there declined comment and referred WND to the ICE’s regional supervisor.
The ICE New Jersey supervisor referred WND to the Department of Homeland Security, which has not responded to WND’s request for an interview about the case.
In a follow-up inquiry, officials at the U.S. court for Newark told WND they have no record of Sanchez’s arrest, or if he is being held in custody.
The clerk for federal judge Patty Schwartz also said that she had no information on the disposition of Sanchez’s case and referred WND to the Public Access to Court Electronic Records, or PACER, the Internet-based federal court record system.
A PACER search returned no records of an arrest, an arraignment, or any court dates for Sanchez.
A spokeswoman who declined to give her name said Menendez’ office has nothing to do with the arrest or prosecution of the case.
The case gained national attention because of press reports that Hudson County, N.J., prosecutors notified the ICE in October that Sanchez was not only an illegal immigrant, but also a registered sex offender in his native Peru.
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