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Las cruces man sentenced for failing to register as a sex offender

January 21, 2011

United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that, earlier today, Las Cruces resident Jeffrey Cruickshank, 25, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for failing to register as a sex offender when he moved to New Mexico from Illinois in 2010. After his prison term, Cruickshank will be on supervised release for 5 years.

Cruickshank was charged with violating 18 U.S.C. § 2250(a) which makes it a crime for a person who is required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (“SORNA”) to fail to register or update their registration after traveling in interstate commerce. SORNA, also known as the Adam Walsh Protection and Safety Act, requires sex offenders to register in each jurisdiction in which the offender resides, where the offender is employed, or where the offender is a student.

On October 5, 2010, Cruickshank pled guilty to the SORNA charge. According to the criminal complaint filed on March 9, 2010, Cruickshank failed to register as a sex offender when he moved to New Mexico from Illinois in February 2010. The complaint alleged that Cruickshank was required to register as a sex offender because he had been convicted of second degree sexual assault of a child in Wisconsin in 2006.

Assistant United States Attorney Amanda Gould prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the United States Marshal’s Service.

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