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Las Cruces Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

March 25, 2011

Las Cruces - today in federal court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Michael Joseph Chavarria, 40, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, was sentenced to two years of imprisonment for failing to register as a sex offender when he moved to New Mexico from California.  After his prison term, Chavarria will be on supervised release for five years.

United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said Chavarria 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.

Chavarria was arrested on January 28, 2010, and has been in custody since his arrest.  On October 14, 2010, Chavarria pled guilty to the SORNA charge.  According to court filings, Chavarria was required to register as a sex offender because he had been convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child in 2001.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephen Wong prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the United States Marshal’s Service
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