Man charged with child sex crimes on ICE hold

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An Ellijay man who is alleged to have committed child sex crimes against a 14-year-old girl during the summer was arrested earlier this month and is on hold for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to an incident report and jail records.

Juan Paiz Raymundo, 21, of 91 Jeff Drive, was charged Oct. 5 by the Ellijay Police Department with statutory rape and child molestation. The incident allegedly occurred between June 15 and July 15, the report states.

Police Chief Edward Lacey said the investigation began after his agency received a referral from the county Department of Family and Children Services.

“We receive a copy of every DFACS referral issued through our DFACS agency,” he said. “Upon reviewing this referral, we believed that it warranted a follow-up investigation for possible criminal charges.”

  The probe was begun by Det. Doug Colburn on Oct. 4, and “demonstrated that there was probable cause to make an arrest for the charges listed,” Lacey said, adding Colburn obtained warrants and served them without incident.

  “A forensic interview has been conducted with the victim at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Ellijay,” Lacey added. 

Raymundo is under a $15,000 bond at the county jail, but is also on hold for ICE, said a spokeswoman.

Capt. Frank Copeland of the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office was asked how an ICE hold works when a suspect has been arrested and detained at the jail.

“ICE issues a disclaimer stating that if they don’t pick the person up by a certain date, they can be released,” he said. “Raymundo does not have that disclaimer on his hold. So unless ICE sends a notification canceling the hold, he will be with us for awhile.”


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