A Las Cruces man has been sentenced to 18 months in jail after failing to register as a sex offender in Doña Ana County within the required 90-day period.
Michael Anthony Gomez, 53, of the 1200 block of Pecos, was convicted in 2002 on six counts of second-degree criminal sexual penetration of a 15 year-old girl.
On July 1, 2005, new sex offender registration laws required Gomez, who was still on probation from his 2002 conviction, to begin registering with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department every 90 days for the rest of his life.
In Sept. 2011, Gomez failed to show up for his scheduled 90-day registration appointment, which constituted a fourth-degree felony. He was subsequently charged and arrested the following month.
Gomez plead no contest to the charge of failure to register in Feb. 2011 and was sentenced April 16, 2012 by Third Judicial District Court Judge Lisa Schultz to 18 months incarceration, followed by supervised probation.
Any subsequent failure to register could constitute a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 36 months incarceration.
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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Public Information Communication Specialist Kelly Jameson at (575) 386-4302.