GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Division has filed a denaturalization lawsuit in opposition to a Maryland man who authorities say hid his sexual abuse of a kid whereas he was going via the naturalization course of to change into a U.S. citizen.
The lawsuit alleges that Moises Javier Lopez, a local of Colombia residing in Gaithersburg, sexually abused a minor baby, each earlier than submitting his naturalization utility and all through the method.
He grew to become a U.S. citizen in March 2013. 5 months later, he pleaded responsible to intercourse abuse of a minor and was sentenced in state court docket to serve 4 years in jail.
The Justice Division filed lawsuits Friday in opposition to 4 different individuals who allegedly hid sexual abuse of minors throughout the naturalization course of, together with defendants in California, North Carolina and Texas.