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UPDATE: Doctor jailed by ICE for 1992 misdemeanors may be released

Posted at 9:39 AM, Feb 01, 2018

11:28 a.m.

A Polish-born doctor who legally came to the U.S. as a child is expected to be released from a Michigan jail following his arrest by immigration agents over misdemeanor convictions 25 years ago.

WWMT-TV reports Lukasz Niec could be released Thursday from jail in Battle Creek. Bond was set at $10,000 during a hearing Wednesday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say Niec was arrested on Jan. 16 for "administrative immigration violations." The agency says the 43-year-old doctor can be deported for the 1992 convictions that date back to when he was in high school.

The convictions were for malicious destruction of property and receiving stolen goods. Relatives say Niec pleaded guilty through a program to help young offenders and was told it wouldn't be used in a deportation.

The Kalamazoo doctor's next hearing is Feb. 22.

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7:38 p.m.

An immigration judge in Detroit has set bond at $10,000 for a Polish-born Michigan doctor arrested last week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials because of two misdemeanor convictions about 25 years ago.

WWMT-TV reports Lukasz Niec was able to post bond and is expected to be released Thursday from the Calhoun County Jail.

ICE officials said Niec was arrested Jan. 16 for "administrative immigration violations" and that the 43-year-old can be deported for those 1992 convictions — malicious destruction of property and receiving stolen goods. They date back to when he was in high school.

Niec came to the U.S. legally as a young child.

Relatives say he pleaded guilty through a state program designed to help young offenders and was told it wouldn't be used in a deportation.

WOOD-TV reports Niec's next hearing is Feb. 22.