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Friday, July 1, 2016

Colorado Man Pleads Guilty in New Mexico to Failing to Update Sex Offender Registration

ALBUQUERQUE – Michael Pawletzki, 34, of Lakewood, Colo., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).  The guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and U.S. Marshal Conrad E. Candelaria.

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.

Pawletzki was charged by indictment on Nov. 17, 2015, with violating SORNA by failing to update his sex offender registration.  During today’s proceedings, Pawletzki pled guilty to a felony information charging him with failing to update his registration from Dec. 2014 through Nov. 2015, in Valencia County, N.M.

Pawletzki remains in custody pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.  At sentencing, Pawletzki faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison.  Pawletzki 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 Raquel Ruiz-Velez.

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Updated July 1, 2016