Man Who Caused Tower Evacuation Deported

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The man blamed for the evacuation of a downtown office tower on Sept.11 has been deported to Mexico and won't be allowed to re-enter the United States legally for 10 years.

Oscar Sesmas was in the country illegally working as an installer of blinds when he made a flippant remark about a bomb to a Rhodes Office Tower employee on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

About 4,000 state workers were evacuated.

Sesmas, 35, pleaded guilty in Franklin County Common Pleas Court on Sept. 24 to inducing panic and an unrelated charge of credit card theft in exchange for a year's probation and deportation.

He arrived on Wednesday in Matamoros, Mexico, said his attorney, Joseph Mas.

Sesmas did not fight deportation in hopes his wife and three daughters, one of whom was born here, will be allowed to remain in this country, even though he cannot be with them. Whether that will happen is unclear; all but the youngest girl are illegal aliens.

Meanwhile, a Columbus woman who says a loan company treated the family unfairly offered to pay $2,000 to get back their car for them.

The woman, who wants to remain anonymous, made the offer to Mas, who said Sesmas will accept.

When the finance company learned that Sesmas would be deported, it took back the family's 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Mas said company officials thought Sesmas wouldn't make any more payments.

The family has paid $7,000 -- never missing a payment -- and owes $2,000 more, he said.

The woman wants to donate the money. However, Mas said, "The family will repay the money. It was their intention to pay off the loan."

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