Mexican Singer Arrested In El Paso

El Paso – Mexican pop singer Kalimba has been arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents in El Paso, Texas, for immigration violations.

Border Patrol spokesman Ramiro Cordero confirmed the arrest of Kalimba Thursday. He offered no further details on the case.

A judge in Mexico's Caribbean state of Quintana Roo had issued an arrest warrant against the singer.

Prosecutors allege Kalimba raped a 17-year-old girl at a hotel in the state capital of Chetumal on Dec. 19.

Kalimba has denied the accusations in a case that has received front-page coverage in Mexican newspapers.

The singer's full name is Kalimba Kadjaly Marichal Ibar. He is 28. He formerly performed with the group OV7.

State Attorney General Francisco Alor says the warrant was issued Wednesday.

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