Posted on July 15, 2014 at 9:35 PM
PARKER COUNTY, Texas (WFAA) — A Parker County family and Sheriff Larry Fowler blame lax border security for a frightening crime.
On Saturday morning, 35-year-old Israel Andrade allegedly broke into a home in Springtown by crawling through a window.
The sheriff's office said Andrade has been deported to Mexico four times, starting in 2003.
"My daughter ran into our room screaming, 'Mom! Mom! Mom! Someone's in the house!" said the mother of a nine-year-old girl. We're not identifying the family because of the age of the victim and the nature of the crime.
The woman's daughter said she woke up to a man who fondled her, then tried to lure her to another room before he disappeared.
Her mother tried to call 911, but her phone was missing, so she drove to a convenience store to call for help.
Investigators found footprints and quickly discovered that a man fitting the description had been at a party next door.
They then found Andrade at his brother's house nearby. According to a search warrant affidavit, he was sleeping on top of the missing cell phone; it lit up when an investigator called the number.
They also found two pair of the girl's underwear.
Anger and frustration grew when parents and officials learned of the suspect's record of multiple deportations. The mother asked in frustration: "What's it going to take? Why does he keep getting across? How?"
"He came across 30 days ago during all this influx of children from South America," Sheriff Fowler said. "I'm tired of the politics. That's what it is — politics. Secure the border and let's get on with it."
Fowler said Andrade faces 5 to 99 years if convicted, and that he's not going back to Mexico this time... not anytime soon.
"Let's say that if he does, he's going to be a whole lot older than he is now," the sheriff said.
According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Andrade was sentenced to prison three times for re-entering the U.S. after deportation. Records show he served 45 days the first time; then 6 months; and finally two years in 2010.
ICE said if Andrade is convicted on the state charges, he'll serve his Texas prison sentence before being turned over to the federal government again.