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Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero issued a press release Monday, alleging that a registered sex offender was seen taking photos of children during an event at Piñon Elementary.
Lucero said the registered sex offender is refusing to answer police questions without an attorney present.
The sheriff’s office released the man’s name but the Los Alamos Monitor declined to publish it because, as of press time Tuesday, he had not been charged with a crime.
The investigation stems from a March 5 incident at a school debate event at Piñon Elementary. According to Lucero, shortly after the event some parents came to his office and complained that the man was taking pictures of children other than his own.
Lucero said the man voluntarily came to his office but declined to answer questions.
“He refused to answer any questions, so we are going to follow up (today) as well as meet with the district attorney,” Lucero said. Lucero has also contacted Principal Jill Gonzales about the matter and said the school is aware of the issue.
“They too are taking steps toward making sure the matter is taken care of,” Lucero said.
The registered sex offender is escorted whenever he goes onto the school’s campus, according to Lucero.
Lucero also said he has called the man’s attorney to schedule an interview but he hasn’t heard back yet.
The Los Alamos Monitor, through the New Mexico Public Safety Sex Offender Registry, has confirmed the man was convicted of a sex offense in Florida in the early 1990s.