Officials may seek sex offender registry change

Dec 11, 2012

Gov. Susana Martinez and Attorney General Gary King may ask the Legislature to clarify registration requirements for out-of-state sex offenders who move to New Mexico.

Sex offenders are required to register with law enforcement for certain New Mexico crimes or the equivalents of those crimes in other states.

The state Supreme Court last week overturned a Las Cruces man's conviction for not registering after moving to New Mexico. The court said there wasn't enough evidence to show the man's sex offense in California was the same as a New Mexico sex crime requiring registration. The man was required to register as a sex offender in California.

Spokesmen for Martinez and King said separately on Monday that their offices will consider legislation to deal with issues raised by the court.