A 55-year-old Sealy, Texas, man was sentenced Friday to two and a half years in prison and a 10-year term of supervised release for failing to register as a sex offender in the state of Florida, after traveling from Texas to live in Jacksonville.
According to court documents, on July 28, 1986, Guadalupe Longoria was charged with two counts of indecency with a child, a second-degree felony in Texas. He was found guilty by a Texas jury on Dec. 11, 1986. Because of these convictions, Longoria was required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
On Feb. 15, 2011, Longoria received and signed official documents advising him that he was required to register with local law enforcement in any area where he lives for more than seven days, and that his obligation to do so was for life. The documents also stated that Longoria had a duty to inform his parole officer, within seven days, before moving to a new home, and that if moving out of the state of Texas, Longoria must register with the law enforcement agency identified by the Texas Department of Public Safety as the agency designated to receive registration information. Longoria was also required to register within 10 days of arriving in the new state.
After failing to verify registration, in Texas, on May 24, 2011, the Austin County Sheriff's Office filed a complaint with local law enforcement. Longoria's family members were interviewed and advised that they had not seen or heard from Longoria since about April 2011.
A Texas state magistrate then issued an arrest warrant for Longoria's failure to register as a sex offender.
On May 4 of last year, Longoria was arrested by U.S. Marshals at his home in Jacksonville for parole violations and failure to register as a sex offender in Texas. During an interview, Longoria stated, among other things, that he knew he was supposed to register and that he had been living in Florida for about a month.