Church Members Bail out Former Employee

Carlos Ruano, an All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church employee seized by Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) officers after his sentencing for felony false imprisonment on 11/15, posted $20,000 bond on 12/6 to be released from an ICE detention center in Adelanto, CA. Ruano is now at home with his family, said church member Alan Hopkinson. The bond was paid for by 40 church members, who have stood by Ruano since his trial in September for molesting his step-granddaughter; that trial resulted in a hung jury. ICE has recommended that Ruano, a Guatemalan citizen, be deported. Now that he is released from custody, Hopkinson said, Ruano’s immigration fate could take several years to be decided.

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