Albuquerque Man Sentenced for Failing to Update Sex Offender Registration
ALBUQUERQUE – Harold Jim, 40, of Albuquerque, N.M., entered a guilty plea today in federal court to violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Immediately thereafter, Jim was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release. Jim will be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence pursuant to his previous conviction.
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.
Jim was charged by indictment on April 12, 2016, with violating SORNA by failing to update his sex offender registration from Dec. 10, 2015 through March 8, 2016, in Bernalillo County, N.M.
During today’s proceedings, Jim pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that he registered as a sex offender under SORNA on Dec. 1, 2015, while residing at a halfway house in Albuquerque, but left the halfway house on Dec. 10, 2015. Jim further admitted that he was later arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service on March 8, 2016, in McKinley County, N.M., where he had been living and had not registered under SORNA.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Murphy.