A Moreno Valley sex offender is behind bars for failing to register as a sex offender after he moved to a new residence without notifying law enforcement officials, it was reported today.
On Sept. 28, a concerned citizen contacted the Moreno Valley Police Department regarding Marcus Lee Rawls, 57, who is classified as a “sexually violent predator.”
According to the concerned citizen, Rawls had recently vacated his residence located in the 24000 block of St. Thomas Avenue.
Officers conducted an investigation and learned Rawls had moved without notifying law enforcement of his change of address.
“Pursuant to state law, Rawls is required to update any change of address with law enforcement within five working days and must update his sex offender registration every 90 days,” Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Walter Mendez said.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s office became involved due to Rawls’ criminal history.
An arrest warrant was issued and officers with the Moreno Valley Police Department’s Sex Offender Compliance Unit began searching for Rawls.
He was located on Friday Nov. 16 near the 14000 block of Frederick Street in Moreno Valley, according to a sheriff’s report.
Rawls was arrested for his outstanding felony warrant and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for failure to register as a sex offender.
Anyone who may have additional information regarding Marcus Lee Rawls is encouraged to contact Officer Pierson at 951-486-6884.
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