BALTIMORE – A Haitian national residing in Salisbury, Md., convicted of multiple sexual assaults including that of a patient under his care, was turned over to Haitian law enforcement representatives Tuesday by officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
Joel Monfort, 53, was transported via an ICE Air Operations charter aircraft, escorted by ERO officers, to the Port-au-Prince International Airport in Haiti.
Monfort’s removal to Haiti comes less than a month after his arrest by ERO Baltimore under Salisbury’s Criminal Alien Program. Monfort, who entered the country illegally, attempted to gain immigration status in 1996 with a fraudulent marriage. However, on March 20, 2000, his conditional lawful permanent residency status was terminated and he was placed in removal proceedings. He failed to appear for a removal hearing July 5, 2000, in Newark, N.J., and was ordered removed in absentia by an immigration judge.
On Sept. 28, 2001, Monfort was convicted of second-degree assault and sex offense in Salisbury and was sentenced to 12 months in prison. On Feb. 13, 2004 he was again convicted of second-degree assault and sentenced to 10 years in prison This time Monfort was found guilty of sexually assaulting a motorcycle accident victim, who he was caring for as a nursing assistant at Salisbury’s Peninsula Regional Medical Center.