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Immigrant detainee who alleged sexual abuse to be released

AUSTIN, Texas – U.S. immigration officials have agreed to a Salvadoran woman who said a guard groped her in an immigration detention facility.

The lawyers said in a statement Saturday that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement decided Friday to grant deferred action to Laura Monterrosa-Flores, who was held for months in a T. Don Hutto Residential area outside of Austin.

Earlier this month, ICE officials agreed to release Monterrosa-Flores on a weekly basis for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Proponents say that they are a suicide attempt in January after he refused a request for mental health care.

While The Associated Press doesn’t usually identify alleged victims of sexual violence, Monterrosa-Flores has agreed to come forward in public.

The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund sued on Monterrosa-Flores’ name.

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