A convicted sex offender facing deportation to Lebanon will be held in custody at the Calgary Remand Centre until his next hearing on April 25.

An immigration board adjudicator ruled Thursday afternoon that 35-year-old Louay Khalil is a risk to reoffend and would pose a danger to the public if he is released from custody.

Khalil moved to Canada in 2006.

He was convicted in 2009 of sexually assaulting two women in Calgary who just got off a bus. One woman was with her 18-month-old son.

He was sentenced to 18 months probation and 100 hours of community service. He had to give a DNA sample and was registered as a sex offender.

He was also facing sex-related charges involving a 14-year-old girl and a developmentally-delayed woman, but those were stayed earlier this month.

The charge involving the 14-year-old girl was stayed after she decided "she didn't want to continue with the court process."

Immigration officials say Khalil intentionally chose more vulnerable victims, hoping they would not turn him in to police.