Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Charge Of Failure To Register As Sex Offender
Jacksonville, Florida - Guadalupe M. Longoria (54, Sealy, Texas) pleaded guilty today to a federal charge of failure to register as a sex offender in the state of Florida, after traveling from the state of Ohio. Longoria faces up to 10 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and a potential lifetime term of supervised release. Longoria has been in custody since his arrest on May 4, 2012. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to court documents, on July 28, 1986, Longoria was charged with two counts of indecency with a child, a second degree felony in Texas. On December 11, 1986, a jury found Longoria guilty of these charges. Because of these convictions, Longoria was required to register as a sex offender, under Texas law, for the remainder of his life.
On February 15, 2011, Longoria received and signed official documents advising of his requirement to register with local law enforcement in any area where he resides for more than seven days, and that his obligation to do so was for life. These documents also stated that Longoria had a duty to inform his parole officer, within seven days, before moving to a new residence, and if moving out of the state of Texas, he had a duty to register with a designated law enforcement agency within 10 days of arriving in the new state. At that time, Longoria registered as a sex offender living in Sealy, Texas.
On May 24, 2011, the Austin County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office filed a complaint based on Longoria’s failure to verify registration with local law enforcement. Longoria’s family members were interviewed and advised that they had not seen or heard from Longoria since approximately April 2011.
Deputy U.S. Marshals arrested Longoria on May 4, 2012, at his place of residence in Jacksonville, for parole violations and the sex offender registration violation in Texas. During an interview, he stated, among other things, that he knew he was supposed to register and that he had been living in Florida for about a month. Longoria failed to register in Florida as required by Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) and failed to notify Texas authorities that he was leaving the state of Texas as required.
This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.
It is another case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc for more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."