The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested one man after a rape investigation.
Sheriff Blaise Smith announced on Tuesday that Martin Humberto Montes Dimas, 36, of Amelia, was arrested earlier the same morning on a warrant for First Degree Rape.
Detectives with the Investigations Division with the assistance of U.S. Border Patrol made contact with Montes Dimas during an active investigation of the rape of a female juvenile who was under 13 at the time of the incident.
A warrant was obtained for Montes Dimas' arrest. He was arrested and transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. Bail has not been set.
Chief Gregory K. Bovino of the U.S. Border Patrol in New Orleans commented on the arrest and the work that led up to the arrest.
"The St. Mary's Parish Sheriff's Office, through diligent, focused law enforcement action, took an illegal alien child predator off the street. Great job by that office. I cannot stress enough that what happens on the border will ultimately affect communities across the entire country. The alleged rape of a child is heartbreaking, but it's all the worse when committed by an illegal alien, with a significant criminal history, who should never have been here in the first place."
Sheriff Blaise Smith was also complimentary of his Investigations and Patrol Divisions in their involvement in the case and the arrest.
"I am very proud of the persistent and careful work of our detectives and deputies in bringing this case to a close and making the arrest."