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A Mexican man charged with rape had been deported or removed 19 times


A Mexican man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl on a Greyhound bus that traveled through Kansas had been deported 10 times and voluntarily removed from the U.S. another nine times since 2003, records obtained by The Associated Press show.

Tomas Martinez-Maldonado, 38, is charged with a felony in the alleged Sept. 27 attack aboard a bus in Geary County. 

FILE - In this March 8, 2016, file photo, Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., asks a question of Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 8, 2016, during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government on the Treasury Department's fiscal 2017 budget request. Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo on Monday, April, 4, 2016, accused Moran of saying one thing in Kansas and another in Washington about filling a vacancy on the Supreme Court, prompting speculation that the House member could be planning a primary challenge against the incumbent senator. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Three U.S. Republican senators including Kansas' Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts demanded this month that the Department of Homeland Security provide immigration records.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa speaks during an election night rally, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, from Iowa and chairman of the judiciary committee, co-signed a Dec. 9 letter with Moran and Roberts to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

Records obtained by AP show Martinez-Maldonado had eight voluntary removals before his first deportation in 2010, which was followed by another voluntary removal that same year. He was deported five more times between 2011 and 2013.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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