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Local residents appear on 2009 state sex offender registry

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By Carol A. Clark

Six men residing in Los Alamos County are listed on the New Mexico Sex Offender Registry for 2009.

·      Charles Michael Bracken, 50, 3851 Alabama Street Apt. D, was charged with sexual exploitation of children and convicted in Los Alamos. His place of work is listed as “Not Releasable.” Bracken has been on the New Mexico Sex Offender Registry since Sept. 27, 2005.

·      Thomas James Kluegel, 48, 802 9th St. Apt. 7, was convicted Sept. 22, 2006 in Los Alamos for criminal sexual contact of a minor. His place of work is listed as “Not Releasable.” Kluegel has been on the New Mexico Sex Offender Registry since Dec. 28, 2006.

·      William Charles Mead, 62, 10 Bonita Place, was convicted March 31, 1994 in Los Alamos on an attempt to commit criminal sexual penetration and May 24, 1994 in Los Alamos on two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor. His place of work is listed as “Not Releasable.” Mead has been on the New Mexico Sex Offender Registry since Sept. 27, 2002.

·      Henry John Meyer, 50, 535 Kiva St Apt. 2, was convicted Aug. 8, 1996 in Faulk, South Dakota of sexual contact with a minor under 16 years of age. His place of work is listed as “Not Releasable.” Meyer has been on the New Mexico Sex Offender Registry since Feb. 24, 2003.

·      Thomas Edward (Ted) Vives, 44, 192 Pueblo, was convicted March, 31, 1992, in Marion, Fla., of engaging in sexual acts with a child under 18 years of age. His place of work is listed as self-employed musician. Vives has been on the New Mexico Sex Offender Registry since May, 21, 2004.

·      Lester Allen Zimmerman, 47, 110 Tunyo St., was convicted Sept. 3, 1992 in “Other”, Calif., on six counts of abusive sexual contact of a minor under 12 years of age. His place of employment is listed as Smith’s Food and Drug Stores at 535 Central Ave. Zimmerman has been on the New Mexico Registry since Feb. 9, 2004.

“The New Mexico sexual offender provision that requires this folks to register is for the protection of the community,” Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy said. “It is created so our residents are aware of the individuals who live here who have been convicted of sexual offenses. It’s a sad situation that you have to have that law but ultimately it’s for the protection of the victims and potential victims and to not have these folks living in the community without our being aware.”

Pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, the release of sex offender registration information is limited to those individuals convicted of certain sex offenses on or after July 1, 1995, or those individuals convicted of a sex offense prior to that date and who were incarcerated or on probation or parole as of that date, according to the state website.

The New Mexico Department of Public Safety (DPS) developed its website according to requirements in the New Mexico State Statute (Sex Offender Registration and Notification, 29-11A-1 through 29-11A-10). It also was created to provide information to the public concerning the location of sex offenders residing in the State of New Mexico, according to the site.

Sex Offender Registry information is updated when a sex offender first registers, re-registers, after moving or following annual renewal, according to the state website.

DPS cautions that the information contained on the web page may or may not reflect the current residence, status, or other information regarding the offender.

The integrity and accuracy of the information on the state site is based on information provided at the time a sex offender registers, states the website, emphasizing that address information is subject to frequent change.

If there is a question regarding the accuracy of the information provided, contact the DPS at 827-9297 or dps.sorna@state.nm.us.