Now in Legal Rebels:
Posted May 06, 2011 05:32 pm CDT
A homeless Albuquerque, N.M., man and registered sex offender has been arrested for moving out of the Dumpster he called home and into an abandoned building without notifying authorities.
As a registered sex offender, Charles Mader is required to notify the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department of any change in his physical address within 10 days.
But sheriff’s deputies said Mader, who had listed his address as a downtown Dumpster on his registration papers, moved into an abandoned building at some point without notifying them.
Mader, who was convicted of trying to rape a 6-year-old boy, was arrested Monday at a homeless facility north of downtown, according to a KOB Eyewitness News 4. He told the station he wasn’t familiar with the registration requirements.
But detectives told KOB that they have explained the requirements to Mader at least a dozen times.
Mader now faces up to three years in jail for the violation, which is his third, authorities said.
Ohio State University law professor Doug Berman, who mentioned the incident on his Sentencing Law and Policy blog Thursday, said the episode “spotlights some of the sad realities” of modern sex offender laws and practices.