Undocumented immigrant deported over rape arrested after returning to US

Javier Morales is being held at the Knox County Jail. (Knox County Sheriff's Office)
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A man who was deported in January over a sexual assault incident was arrested Monday after he returned to Knoxville, according to reports.

Records show Javier Morales was accused of pinning a woman against a wall and violating her in January 2019. He was at an apartment with the woman after being hired to paint, reports said.

Records show Morales was deported over the incident. After coordinating with the District Attorney's Office, law enforcement officials decided that warrants would be placed on Morales if he ever returned.

Morales was arrested at his residence on Morgan Springs Way and is facing charges of sexual assault in relation to the January incident, police said.

Morales is being held in the Knox County Jail. His preliminary court hearing is set for June 27.