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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 29, 2016

Albuquerque Man Sentenced to Prison for Failing to Update his Sex Offender Registration

ALBUQUERQUE – Kelly S. Hobbs, 38, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 26 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).  Hobbs will be required to register as a sex offender after completing his prison sentence.

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.

Hobbs pled guilty on April 20, 2016, to a felony information charging him with violating SORNA by failing to update his sex offender registration from Nov. 18, 2015 through Feb. 17, 2016, in Dona Ana County, N.M., and violating the conditions of his supervised release on a prior felony conviction.  In entering the guilty plea, Hobbs admitted that he was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor in 2010 and was sentenced to 51 months in prison.  On June 11, 2015, Hobbs was released from prison and was required to reside at a halfway house in Albuquerque for six months.  Hobbs further admitted that on Nov. 18, 2015, he failed to return to the halfway house and did not notify the Sheriff’s Office of his change of residence as required under SORNA.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Spindle prosecuted the case.

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Updated August 29, 2016