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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 26, 2016

Rio Arriba Man Sentenced to Prison for Failing to Update Sex Offender Registration

ALBUQUERQUE – Glenn Gene Fernandez, 47, of Alcalde, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to a year in prison followed by five years of supervised release for violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).  Fernandez will be required to register as a sex offender when he completes 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.

Fernandez was charged in a criminal complaint on Dec. 1, 2015, with violating SORNA by failing to update his sex offender registration.  Fernandez was required to register as a sex offender as a result of a 2004 state conviction in Santa Clara, Calif., for criminal sexual battery involving a restrained person.  Fernandez last complied with his sex offender registration requirements in California in Aug. 2011.  In Nov. 2015, the U.S. Marshals Service received a request to assist the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office with charging Fernandez with a SORNA violation. The U.S. Marshals Services’ investigation revealed that Fernandez had been residing in New Mexico since at least Feb. 2013, and had not registered as a sex offender in New Mexico as required by SORNA.

On March 8, 2016, Fernandez pled guilty to a felony information charging him with failing to update his registration between Feb. 2013 and Dec. 2015 in Rio Arriba County, N.M.  Fernandez entered the guilty plea without the benefit of a plea agreement.

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 August 26, 2016