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West Palm Beach Sex Offender Convicted by Jury for Failure to Properly Register

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida

MIAMI – On April 22, 2024, after a six-day trial, a federal jury convicted Ramon Fuertes, a/k/a “Raymond Cortez,” of West Palm Beach, Florida of four counts of failure of a sex offender to properly register, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2250(a).

According to evidence introduced during the trial in West Palm Beach, Fuertes had been convicted in 2009 in federal court for sex trafficking of a minor and enticement of a minor. In 2018, upon completion of his federal prison sentence, Fuentes registered as a sex offender.  In January and May 2023, Fuertes created and used two email addresses and a social networking account. Fuertes did not properly register these internet identifiers with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office as required by the Federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Moreover, on June 2, 2023, Fuertes vacated his West Palm Beach residence and flew to Georgia to live without notifying the proper authorities in the Southern District of Florida that he was terminating his residence in that jurisdiction and commencing his residence in another jurisdiction.

As the evidence at trial showed, while in Georgia, Fuertes did not properly register as a sex offender and by late July 2023, stopped communicating with law enforcement in Georgia and Florida about his whereabouts.  An arrest warrant was issued for Fuertes shortly thereafter. He was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force on Oct. 24, 2023. 

A sentencing hearing is scheduled in this matter for July 18, 2024, before U.S. District Judge Melissa Damian.

U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida and U.S. Marshal Gadyaces S. Serralta of the USMS made the announcement.

USMS Miami investigated this matter, with assistance from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, and Georgia Bureau of Investigations, as well as the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, and Gwinnett County Police Department, all in Georgia.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Schiller is prosecuting the case.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or at, under case number 23-CR-80208.



Public Affairs Unit

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Southern District of Florida

Updated April 23, 2024

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