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Navajo Man Sentenced to 18-Month Prison Term for Failing to Register as Sex Offender

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Febraury 24, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE -- United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that, this morning, United States District Judge Judith C. Herrera sentenced Benjamin Hot, 31, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, to 18-months imprisonment based on his conviction for failing to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). After serving his prison term, Hot will be on supervised release for a term of five years. Hot also is required to register as a sex offender.

SORNA, also known as the Adam Walsh Protection and Safety Act, requires that a convicted sex offender register in each jurisdiction where the offender resides, where the offender is employed, or where the offender is a student, and that the sex offender maintain current registrations. In an April 23, 2010 criminal complaint, the United States Marshals Service alleged that Hot was in violation of his SORNA registration requirements. The complaint alleged that Hot was required to register as a sex offender because he had been convicted of aggravated sexual abuse (crime on an Indian reservation) in 2003 in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona and sentenced to a 78-month federal prison term.

According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, Hot first registered as a sex offender on June 12, 2009 at the San Juan Sheriff’s Office as a lifetime registrant with a quarterly registration requirement. Although Hot was required to register to report to update his registration in October 2009, the complaint alleges that Hot failed to update his registration in San Juan County, or any other county.

Hot was arrested on September 9, 2010 based on the charges in the complaint, and was indicted on July 27, 2010 for failing to register as a sex offender. On November 12, 2010, Hot entered a guilty plea to the indictment under a plea agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office. Hot has been in federal custody since his arrest.

Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney Glynette R. Carson-McNabb prosecuted this case, which was investigated by the United States Marshals Service.

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