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For Immediate Release

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June 23, 2011

Ben Segotta
Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of New Mexico

(505) 462-2330 (desk)

 Three States and Two Identities Later, Sex Offender Located

Albuquerque, NM-  On June 21, 2011, the US Marshals Service for the District of New Mexico received Information from Deputy Marshals in Arizona requesting assistance in locating and apprehending convicted sex offender Andrew Moore, also know as Andrew Smith. The subject was wanted for two felony arrest warrants issued out of Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for Probation Violations, issued on March 31, 2008 and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, issued on August 13, 2099. Moore pled guilty on February 14, 2001 to Attempted Sexual Contact with a Minor and received a sentence of 12 months and Lifetime Probation to follow.  Moore is required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. 

 

In March 2008, Andrew Moore absconded from state probation in Arizona and moved to Utah where he assumed his alias identity of Andrew Smith. Moore lived and worked in Utah, until he moved to the State of New Mexico in July 2009.  Moore has lived and worked in Albuquerque for almost two years and has never complied with his Sex Offender Registration Requirements.  United States Marshal Sex Offender Investigation Coordinators worked closely with Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and developed information as to where Moore was living.

 

Moore was arrested on June 21, 2011, by Deputy U.S. Marshals and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, in the southwest valley. Investigators believe Moore had done research on the internet about how to change his identity, and was successful because he was able to receive an official certified birth certificate in the mail from the State of California in the alias name of Andrew Smith.  Moore was also able to receive an official Arizona Drivers License, and it is believed that he planned this before he absconded from Arizona.  Moore went to great lengths to change his identity so that he would no longer have to register as sex offender.  Moore was also in possession of an official New Mexico Drivers License. 

 

Moore has pending charges with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office for Forgery, Fraud, and Identity Theft.  Moore has also failed to register in the States of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico, which is a violation of the Adam Walsh Act.  Federal Failure to Register charges are pending and being investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service in Albuquerque.  The subject is currently awaiting extradition back to Arizona to face his current charges for probation violation and state failure to register charges. 

 

Conrad E. Candelaria, United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico, said “Convicted sex offenders who fail to register as the law requires are a priority investigation for us, and we will pursue additional federal charges under the Adam Walsh Act for such offenders.”

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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