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Homeless New Mexico Sex Offender Arrested for Moving Out of Dumpster

Charles Mader, a registered sex offender, was homeless when he was released from jail, so he listed a dumpster at an intersection in Albuquerque, New Mexico as his residence.
That was fine with authorities. However, after Mader moved to an abandoned house across the street from a nearby homeless shelter in May 2011, he was arrested.

When sheriff’s deputies realized that Mader had not been in the dumpster for ten days they began searching for him, allegedly spurred by reports that he had been seen “checking out” young children. Five officers discovered him at a near-by homeless shelter, where he told them about his relocation from the dumpster. They then arrested him for failing to register his change of address.

Mader said he didn’t understand the registration requirements. A detective said he had repeatedly explained the requirements to him. As this was Mader’s third violation of the sex offender registration laws, he faced up to three years in prison. His previous violations were for failing to re-register every ninety days and failing to remain at his registered address once before.

Mader was apparently convicted of moving out of the dumpster without registering his new homeless address, as he is currently housed in a New Mexico state prison. At least now law enforcement officials know where he lives.


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