PHOENIX - A man accused of trying to lure young girls for sex at a Phoenix apartment complex will face deportation instead of facing charges.
Pedro Lopez-Marroquin was arrested October 17 after police say he tried to pay a 10-year-old and a 13-year-old $100 for sex. Marroquin reportedly lived at the same apartment complex as the victims, near 36th Street and Thomas Road.
He was booked into jail on felony counts.
One victim's father spoke with ABC15 after he received the letter informing him that Marroquin is no longer in Maricopa County custody but was turned over to immigration officials.
"He doesn't have to register as a pedophile," said Brian, whose name we are not publishing in an effort to protect his daughter. "He can just come back and do it again."
Jerry Cobb with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office is researching the case. He does tell us that charges were never filed because they needed more information from police.
We have not been able to get a comment from Phoenix police at this time about the status of their investigation.
Marroquin did have a prior drug charge against him dating back to 2005. He was to appear in court on those charges on October 25 and 29. He was released to immigration October 26.
ICE officials were unable to tell us if he is still in the country. They too are researching the case per our request.
"I'm so mad about this," said Brian. "Our legal system isn't worth a damn."
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