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Sex offender arrested in Roswell to remain in federal custody

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An escaped federal prisoner and twice convicted sex offender recently arrested in Roswell will remain in custody pending trial.

U.S. Magistrate Court Judge John Robbenhaar on Wednesday signed an order of detention pending trial to keep Anthony Gilbert Thompson, 31, of Roswell, detained following a hearing in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque Wednesday.

Thompson was arrested June 18 outside a 500 block of South Birch Avenue residence under surveillance at the time by United States Marshals.

Thompson, who was convicted on charges of possession of child pornography in both 2009 and 2012, allegedly violated the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, also known as SORNA, when he moved to New Mexico from Nevada without notifying authorities in either state.

SORNA requires convicted sex offenders notify authorities if they move to a new address or state or begin new employment within three days of such a change.

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If convicted, Thompson faces up to 10 years in federal prison, according to a press release issued late Friday by the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico.

Court documents state that on Feb. 6, Thompson escaped from the Las Vegas Community Correctional Center, a halfway house or residential reentry center, where he was serving a portion of a 120-month sentence on his 2012 conviction. At the time, he was still officially in the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Thompson’s sentence also included a lifetime term of supervised release.

After he was taken into custody in June, court documents state Thompson told marshals he had been in Roswell since the beginning of March when he arrived from Las Vegas, Nevada. He had been staying at the South Birch Avenue residence and when not there, he would live on the streets.  

Thompson added that since his arrival in Roswell, he worked at an auto detailing shop and did various other jobs.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com