This man allegedly sodomized a child in Norfolk. Oh, and he’s in the country illegally

Juviny Calix-Cruz (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office)
Juviny Calix-Cruz (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office)

A Honduran citizen, who is currently charged in state court with serious sex offenses against a child, admitted in a Norfolk federal court Monday to illegally reentering the United States.

Juviny Calix-Cruz, 42, pleaded guilty to illegal reentry by a removed alien, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

For that offense, he faces a maximum punishment of two years in prison – he will be sentenced Sept. 6.

According to court documents, Calix-Cruz, originally entered the United States illegally in 2005. He was first removed from the country in June 2012, and again removed in July 2012 after he again reentered the country illegally, prosecutors said.

Calix-Cruz became front and center on the sights of both local and federal authorities in Norfolk earlier this year when he was arrested and later indicted by a state grand jury for forcible sodomy of a child younger than 13 years old and taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship, federal prosecutors said.

“Calix-Cruz has been deported at taxpayer expense on multiple occasions,” said U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger. “Additionally, he has been charged in state court with allegations of committing serious sex offenses against a minor. This prosecution and guilty plea show that the United States will continue to hold accountable those who disregard our nation’s borders and laws.”

Details about the status of the man’s state charges was not immediately available.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.