Suspect in molestation of a 12-year-old faces deportation

Mugshot of Bulmaro Zarate, 35. (Credit: CCSO)
Mugshot of Bulmaro Zarate, 35. (Credit: CCSO)

A man suspected of molestation of a child may face deportation after authorities found he lacks immigration status.

Bulmaro Zarate, 35, faces charges for Lewd and Lascivious Molestation and Distributing Obscene Material to a Minor.

After an Immigration Detainer was filed Saturday by the Dept. of Homeland Security, Zarate may now face deportation, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. During his custody, a check through federal databases showed he lacks immigration status.

Zarate was arrested on Friday after a caller reported that the suspect did lewd and lascivious crimes to a minor child under the age of 12. The victim said during repeated encounters, Zarate touched his sexual organs, per the press release, along with watching pornographic YouTube videos with the 12-year-old.

Zarate will remain in custody at Charlotte County Jail pending resolution of his current charges, the press release states. Upon conclusion of his case, US Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement will take immediate custody or utilize the Basic Ordering Agreement it has with CCSO to house him for up to 48 hours pending transfer.

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