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Kalimba Arrested: Mexican Pop Singer Accused of Rape, Deported

Mexican Pop Singer Kalimba Arrested In Texas
Kalimba (Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

CANCUN, Mexico (CBS/AP) Mexican pop singer Kalimba was jailed Thursday on charges of raping a teenage girl.

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Kalimba arrived in the Caribbean city of Chetumal on a Mexican federal government plane after being deported from El Paso, Texas, for immigration violations.

His lawyer, Eliezer Garcia, told the Televisa network that Kalimba was in Texas on a business trip when he was arrested, and was not trying to flee.

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

A Mexican judge had issued an arrest warrant for the singer.

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

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

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