Saturday, June 17th, at Salas is the sort of convicted sex offender, police say, that the registry was designed to help law enforcement and the public to keep under watch.
He was convicted in of two counts of attempted sexual conduct with a minor under 16 as a result of a plea bargain that dismissed more serious charges. As part of his sentence under Arizona law, Salas was to report to the local sheriff to be put on the sex offender registry for the rest of his life.
Detectives from the registry team shared their leads — several local addresses — with robbery detectives. Salas is now residing in the Metropolitan Detention Center, charged with 55 counts of armed robbery, two counts of robbery and other crimes, including kidnapping, child abuse, conspiracy and aggravated assault. There are literally hundreds of sex offenders who leave one state for another each year.
Many move for personal reasons and abide by the sex offender registration laws in their new state of residence. No safe haven New Mexico was once considered a safe haven for convicted sex offenders seeking to avoid registering with local sheriffs.
Federal laws were not much help. But a lot has changed. New Mexico toughened its sex offender registration laws in and For instance, among the changes in the law was a law that allows offenders convicted of more serious sex crimes to be ordered by a District Judge to register for the rest of their lives.
The previous cap was 20 years. The changes required tighter reporting requirements — mandating updates with local sheriffs every 90 days. There are 62 people statewide for whom police are looking because they failed to register. Detectives say that once an offender is off probation or parole, their contact with the sex offender registration detectives may be the only law enforcement agency tracking their whereabouts.
Federal law enforcement involvement got a big boost in with the passage of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, also known as the Adam Walsh Protection and Safety Act.
It provided money to states to improve public access to sex offender registries, tried to standardize state laws across the country for registering sex offenders and made it a federal crime for offenders to cross state lines and not register if they were required to do so.
Harry Landis said in an interview that the registry aids law enforcement in many ways. Failure to register Federal and state criminal cases against sex offenders who fail to register are fairly common in New Mexico.
He was originally convicted in of rape and other sexual assault charges in Indiana and sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. After he was paroled in Indiana, he moved to Colorado where he initially registered but fled to New Mexico. He awaits sentencing in federal court.
Quintana was convicted of aggravated sexual abuse of a child in January When he was released from prison, he registered in Bernalillo County but then moved to Rio Arriba County where he failed to register. Nebraska for instance has more than 5, registered sex offenders. Many of them at some point will be released and required to register. That will require more resources for local sheriffs to oversee the registered sex offenders in their counties or in the case of tribal lands, the appointed chief of police.
Some states have more criminal laws that require registration than New Mexico. For example, many states require registration for crimes involving prostitution, voyeurism and bestiality, while New Mexico does not. Failing to register is a fourth-degree felony in New Mexico, which means it can lead to an month prison sentence. Potential sentences in the federal system are much longer with up to 10 years for a first offense. In New Mexico, district judges imposing a sentence have the discretion to lower the registration requirements, including length of time.
Some crimes in New Mexico require registration with law enforcement, but they are not on the public registry. For example, a conviction for fourth-degree criminal sexual penetration can carry a year registration requirement, but only with law enforcement. But the public is allowed to see the registration of someone convicted of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact — considered a less serious offense — which carries a lifetime registration requirement.
Law enforcement and prosecutors just shrug their shoulders at the discrepancy. On the other hand, New Mexico takes a tough stand on absconders and will extradite people who fail to register and leave the state. How to locate sex offenders The Department of Public Safety maintains the state sex offender registry, which is available online at http: If you want to know if any sex offenders are registered in your neighborhood, simply write your address in the area search function and a map of registered offenders will show up on your screen.
You can also locate a sex offender by name. Number of sex offenders in New Mexico prison system — 1,