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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Failing to Update his Sex Offender Registration

ALBUQUERQUE – Douglas Humilestewa, 52, of Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). 

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.

Humilestewa was charged by indictment on Feb. 9, 2016, with violating SORNA by failing to update his sex offender registration on Nov. 15, 2015 or thereafter.  According to the indictment, Humilestewa was required to maintain an updated sex offender registration in Bernalillo County, N.M.

During today’s proceedings, Humilestewa pled guilty to the indictment.  At sentencing, Humilestewa faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison.  He will be required to register as a sex offender after completing his prison sentence.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Walsh.

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Updated December 1, 2016