SAN ANTONIO -

A Mexican man who authorities said is wanted in his home country for aggravated sexual assault was deported Friday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations.

Officials said 32-year-old Emilio Omar Briones-Aparicio was taken to the Lincoln Juarez Port in Laredo and turned over to Mexico's Procuraduría General de la República.

"Removing foreign fugitives from the United States is an ICE priority," said Enrique M. Lucero, field office director of ERO San Antonio. "The close cooperation between U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials is pivotal in keeping both countries safe and ensuring that those accused are brought to trial for their alleged crimes."

According to the office of the attorney general of Mexico, on April 19, 2006, authorities in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, issued an arrest warrant for Briones-Aparicio. He is wanted for aggravated sexual assault of a male, officials said.

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested Briones-Aparicio in Brownsville on Nov. 4. Authorities said Briones-Aparicio was ultimately transferred to ICE custody and detained at South Texas Detention Complex in Pearsall.

The deportation is part of a bi-national agreement between ICE and Mexico's attorney general's office, authorities said.