Judge denies registered sex offender’s appeal

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By Carol A. Clark

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled against local resident Thomas Edward (Ted) Vives in his appeal of a Santa Fe District Court, which ordered him to register as a sex offender with the New Mexico Sex Offender Registry.

Vives, 44, pled nolo contendere or no contest in Florida in 1992 to charges he engaged in a sex act with a child under 18 years old.

As a result, he was required to serve 30 days imprisonment, two years of community control and five years of probation. He also was ordered to pay restitution for mental counseling of the victim, have no unsupervised contact with children under 18 years old, surrender his teaching credentials and register as a sex offender in Florida, according to court documents.   

Vives filed a petition in 2005 against former Los Alamos County Sheriff William Verzino and against the New Mexico Department of Public Safety arguing that “he is not required by law to register as a sex offender in New Mexico, that he is being forced to register illegally and that he is not required by New Mexico law to register as a sex offender in New Mexico.”

Los Alamos County Attorney Mary McInerny discussed the court’s ruling during an interview Friday afternoon.

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