LEONARDTOWN, MD. — According to Capt. Daniel Alioto of the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Vice and Narco Squad, an illegal immigrant who crossed the unsecured border illegally now has a new home in the St. Mary’s County jail pending his bail being paid by the federal government.
In May of 2014, a detective from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Vice/Narcotics Division, was contacted by Hermegildo Escamilla-Granados (Age 30 from Frederick, MD) after posting a non-sexual advertisement on a classified-based website commonly viewed by sexual offenders. The undercover officer, who posed as a 16 year old female, exchanged numerous emails with Escamilla-Granados for several weeks.
During the course of the email exchanges, Escamilla-Granados solicited the undercover officer to engage in sexual intercourse for U.S. currency, requested the undercover officer send him nude photographs, and sent a photograph of his genitalia to the officer.
As the result of the investigation, an arrest warrant was obtained for Escamilla-Granados, charging him with prostitution and soliciting a minor for prostitution.
On July 17, 2014, detectives from the SMCSO, Vice/Narcotics Division, traveled to Frederick, Maryland and apprehended Escamilla-Granados. Escamilla-Granados was transported back to St. Mary’s County and served a copy of his arrest warrant. While processing Escamilla-Granados, it was discovered he entered the United States illegally approximately 13 years ago. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was notified of Escamilla-Granados arrest at which time a detainer was issued, requiring Escamilla-Granados to remain in custody pending a review of his immigration status and alleged offense. For the original charge of soliciting a minor for prostitution, Escamilla-Granados received a $7,500.00 bond.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected pending a review by State’s Attorney Richard Fritz, who himself pleaded guilty along with two other men to carnal knowledge of a minor child when he was eighteen. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Sheriff Charles A. Jenkins and his Deputies who assisted with this investigation and the apprehension of Escamilla-Granados.