Man pleads guilty to failing to register as sex offender in Florida

Published On: Oct 17 2012 05:24:20 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A Texas man has plead guilty to a federal charge of failure to register as a sex offender in Florida.

Guadalupe Longoria, 54, faces up to 10 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and a potential lifetime term of supervised release. Longoria has been in custody since his arrest on May 4. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, in 1986 Longoria was charged with two counts of indecency with a child, a second-degree felony in Texas. On Dec. 11, 1986, a jury found Longoria guilty of these charges. Because of these convictions, Longoria was required to register as a sex offender, under Texas law, for the remainder of his life.

On Feb. 15, 2011, Longoria received and signed official documents advising of his requirement to register with local law enforcement in any area where he resides for more than seven days, and that his obligation to do so was for life. These documents also stated that Longoria had a duty to inform his parole officer, within seven days, before moving to a new residence, and if moving out of the state of Texas, he had a duty to register with a designated law enforcement agency within 10 days of arriving in the new state. At that time, Longoria registered as a sex offender living in Sealy, Texas.

In May 2011, the Austin County Sheriff’s Office filed a complaint based on Longoria’s failure to verify registration with local law enforcement. Longoria’s family members were interviewed and told authorities that they had not seen or heard from Longoria since approximately April 2011.

U.S. Marshals arrested Longoria on May 4 at his house in Jacksonville for parole violations and the sex offender registration violation in Texas. During an interview, he stated, among other things, that he knew he was supposed to register and that he had been living in Florida for about a month. Longoria failed to register in Florida as required by Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and failed to notify Texas authorities that he was leaving the state of Texas as required.

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