Jail worker suspended after illegal bails out of jail
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office suspended a jail worker who erroneously allowed an illegal immigrant to bail out of jail.
Friday, East Baton Rouge corrections officers released Bernardo Gomez, 27. But, he was supposed to be held in jail for ICE agents.
Gomez, who is in the United States illegally, was facing drug charges in the Baton Rouge area. ICE was planning to deport him.
The day before his release, U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement officers asked the prison to put a hold on Gomez. A clerical error allowed Gomez to bail out and leave the prison. Now, there is a warrant for his arrest.
A department spokesperson said the worker's suspension is standard in this kind of situation.
The WBRZ Investigative Unit first reported the situation Wednesday, in a story about the background of Gomez and the serious charges he has been tied to in multiple parishes. He's been arrested numerous times before, has been deported and returned to the United States.
"If he gets deported back to where he is from, then he could be back in 24 hours," State Representative Valarie Hodges told WBRZ News 2 reporter Ryan Naquin Thursday.
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