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June 01, 2013 Daniel Leyva, Deputy U.S. Marshal - Tucson (520) 209-0935
U.S. Marshals Extradite Pima County Fugitive Wanted For Sexual Abuse Of A Child

Tucson, AZ – Last night, Deputy U.S. Marshals extradited David Soto-Cecena, age 44, from the Republic of Mexico. He was booked into the Pima County Jail pending his next court hearing.

Soto-Cecena is wanted in Pima County for the charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child. In September 2010, a warrant was issued for the sex offense after Soto-Cecena allegedly abused his child. He was subsequently arrested. Soto-Cecena was released after posting a $10,000 bond and soon fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution and apprehension by law enforcement authorities. The Pima County Attorney’s Office requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service in Tucson. Deputy U.S. Marshals within the Mexico Investigative Liaison Unit immediately began to work with law enforcement officials in Mexico to help locate Soto-Cecena. During the course of the investigation, it was discovered Soto-Cecena was working as a truck driver in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico in an effort to assist his family and maintain his fugitive status while continuing to evade authorities. Deputy U.S. Marshals and authorities in Pima County worked diligently to secure a provisional arrest warrant for Soto-Cecena due to his dual citizenship for the United States and Mexico. Investigative endeavors continued to provide vital information as to the whereabouts of Soto-Cecena. In July 2012, Soto-Cecena was apprehended by Mexican law enforcement authorities in Los Mochis without incident and was transported to a federal prison in Mexico City while awaiting his extradition to the United States.

“The United States Marshals Service works tirelessly to apprehend offenders that prey on our children,” said David Gonzales, United States Marshal for the District of Arizona. “Soto-Cesena’s capture was a direct result of numerous domestic and international law enforcement agencies working together.”

The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal agencies combined.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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