Majid Dedihban, a 35-year-old contractor for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is now facing charges of allegedly trying to solicit a teenage girl for sex.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that Dedihban, a computer engineer who was working as a contractor with ICE, has been accused of trading sexually explicit messages with someone whom he thought was a minor, but was actually a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy. Dedihban reportedly tried to get the deputy to come to California from Florida to roleplay in a “daddy-daughter” sex fantasy.
While he was arrested in San Diego, Dedihban has since been extradited to Florida, where he will face charges of attempted enticement of a minor and attempted transportation of a minor to engage in sexual activity. According to the AP, Dedihban does not yet have a lawyer representing him.
Attempted enticement of a minor is, according to Florida statutes, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. However, attempted transportation of a minor for sexual activity is, according to Florida’s human trafficking laws, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
Dedihban is not the first person connected to ICE to be arrested and charged with sex crimes. In September, ICE deportation officer Blake Northway was arrested on multiple counts of sodomy and one count of incest by police in Oregon (the charges were not in relation to his duties as an ICE agent). Earlier in 2018, Arnaldo Echevarria, another ICE agent, was charged with extorting immigrants in his custody.
Some federal lawmakers, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), have been calling for the abolition of ICE, citing examples of immigrant children dying in their custody and other patterns of cruel behavior exhibited by ICE agents.
Tom Cahill is a contributor for Grit Post who covers political and economic news. He lives in Bend, Oregon. Send him an email at tom DOT v DOT cahill AT gmail DOT com.