Mescalero Apache Man Pleads Guilty to Escape and Failing to Update his Sex Offender Registration
ALBUQUERQUE – Tyree Brent Mariano, 26, an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Nation residing in Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty this morning in federal court to escape and 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.
Mariano was arrested on May 21, 2016, on an indictment charging him with violating SORNA by failing to update his sex offender registration and escaping from a half-way house where he was confined following his conviction on a child sexual abuse charge. According to the indictment Mariano failed to update his registration between July 8, 2015 and March 8, 2016, in Bernalillo County, N.M.
During today’s proceedings, Mariano pled guilty to the indictment. In entering the guilty plea, Mariano admitted that he was a sex offender as a result of his child sexual abuse conviction on April 19, 2012. On June 11, 2015, Mariano registered as a sex offender with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and was residing in a halfway house in Albuquerque as a condition of his supervised release following his release from prison. Mariano admitted that on June 27, 2015, he left the halfway house without permission and did not return. He further admitted that he did not notify the Sheriff’s Office of his change of residence as required under SORNA when he absconded from the halfway house.
At sentencing, Mariano faces a maximum statutory penalty of ten years in federal prison followed by not less than five years of supervised release. Mariano will be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence. Mariano remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander B. Shapiro of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office is prosecuting the case.