Illegal Immigrant Faces Deportation after Raping Teen

Leonel Jardines Martell
Gaston County

An illegal immigrant will be deported after admitting to raping a 15-year-old girl during a New Year’s Eve party.

Leonel Jardines Martell, 23, pleaded guilty to statutory rape after performing a sex act on a minor during a party in 2014, the Gaston Gazette reported.

At the time of the crime, Martell was celebrating his birthday when the victim arrived with a friend. The victim was younger than most at the party, where alcohol and marijuana were present.

After being separating from her friend, the victim was later found bleeding and shaken, eventually telling authorities that she had been raped by Martell. The illegal immigrant told police that the sex act was consensual.

Since pleading guilty to the sex crime, Martell will be deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after serving 10 months behind bars, which he told the court would be a positive change in his life.

“I guess it’ll be like a fresh start,” Martell said.

Martell has lived in North Carolina for 19 years and graduated from North Gaston High School.

John Binder is a contributor for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.


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