Texas Man Sentenced To 2½ Years In Federal Prison For Failure To Register As Sex Offender
Jacksonville, Florida - U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan sentenced Guadalupe M. Longoria (55, Sealy, Texas) to 30 months in prison and a 10-year term of supervised release for failing to register as a sex offender in the state of Florida, after traveling from the state of Texas.
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. He was found guilty by a Texas jury on December 11, 1986. Because of these convictions, Longoria was required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
On February 15, 2011, Longoria received and signed official documents advising him that he was required 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. The documents also stated that Longoria had a duty to inform his parole officer, within seven days, before moving to a new residence, and that if moving out of the state of Texas, Longoria must register with the law enforcement agency identified by the Texas Department of Public Safety as the agency designated to receive registration information. Longoria was also required to register within 10 days of arriving in the new state.
After failing to verify registration, in Texas, on May 24, 2011, the Austin County Sheriff’s Office filed a complaint 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. A Texas state magistrate then issued an arrest warrant for Longoria’s failure to register as a sex offender.
On May 4, 2012, Longoria was arrested by U.S. Marshals at his place of residence in Jacksonville, Florida for parole violations and failure to register as a sex offender in Texas. During an interview, Longoria stated, among other things, that he knew he was supposed to register and that he had been living in Florida for about a month.
This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.
It is another case 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."