Convicted Sexual Offenders

As required by state statute, any person who is required to register in New Mexico as a sex offender must also register at NMJC. The statute states:

  1. When a sex offender who is registered or required to register is employed, begins a vocation, or is enrolled as a student at an institution of higher education in New Mexico, the sex offender shall disclose his status as a sex offender in writing to the county sheriff for the county in which the institution of higher education is located, the law enforcement entity responsible for the institution of higher education, and the registrar for the institution of higher education no later than ten days after beginning employment, beginning a vocation, or enrolling at the institution of higher education. The sex offender shall also send written notice of any change regarding his employment, vocation, or enrollment status at an institution of higher education to the county sheriff, the law enforcement entity, and the registrar no later than ten days after the change in his employment, vocation, or enrollment status.
  2. A sex offender who willfully or knowingly fails to comply with the registration requirements set forth in this section is guilty of a fourth degree felony and shall be sentenced pursuant to the provisions of Section 31-18-15 NMSA 1978. A sex offender who willfully or knowingly fails to comply with the registration requirements set forth in this section after a first or subsequent conviction for a violation pursuant to this section is guilty of a third degree felony and shall be sentenced pursuant to the provisions of Section 31-18-15 NMSA 1978. The willful failure to comply with any registration requirement set forth in this section shall be deemed part of a continuing transaction or occurrence. A conviction pursuant to this subsection shall not be considered a felony for purposes of the imposition of sentencing enhancements pursuant to the provisions of Section 31-18-17 NMSA 1978.

According to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act all convicted Sexual Offenders are required to register with the Sheriff in the County that they reside each year. The information concerning the registered sex offenders for Lea County can be obtained by either notifying the Sheriff's Department in writing or clicking on the following URL: www.nmsexoffender.dps.state.nm.us.

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