POSTED: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 6:17pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 6:25pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Failing to register as a sex offender resulted in an 18-month sentence for a Las Cruces man.
Michael Anthony Gomez, 53 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.
Gomez failed to show up for his scheduled 90-day registration appointment in September of 2011, which constituted a fourth-degree felony. He was subsequently charged and arrested the following month.
Any subsequent failure to register could constitute a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 36 months incarceration.