One Year Ago Today (October 5, 2020)…A registered sex offender is named in a federal complaint alleging he attempted to fly from Los Angeles to Egypt without giving law enforcement advance notice of his foreign travel plans as required by federal law, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Jehovany Sanchez, 36, of South Gate, was charged Friday with one count of committing an international travel reporting violation. In his initial federal court appearance in downtown Los Angeles, bond was set at $50,000, with arraignment scheduled for Oct. 22, according to the DOJ.

If convicted, Sanchez would face up to 10 years in federal prison.

An affidavit alleges that on Sept. 30, without providing to law enforcement any notice of foreign travel, Sanchez attempted to fly from Los Angeles International Airport to Cairo with a layover in Paris.

Sanchez boarded the Paris-bound flight, which left its gate and prepared for takeoff, but was directed by law enforcement to return to the gate. Law enforcement had been notified that Sanchez was a ticketed passenger and sex offender on the flight who had not notified them of his foreign travel plans, the affidavit states. Sanchez was ordered to exit the airplane and was arrested at the gate, according to the document.

In 2012, Sanchez was convicted in state court of committing a lewd act on a child. According to his arrest report in that case, Sanchez — then 27 years old — engaged in illicit sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl. He was sentenced to a two-year state prison term and is required to register as a sex offender for life under the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, according to the DOJ.

On Sanchez’s signed sex offender registry document dated March 30, he initialed a statement that reads, “Federal law requires me to notify my registering agency no less than 21 days before I intend to travel internationally,” according to the affidavit.

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