Tue. Sep 29th, 2020

Portales man charged with failure to register as a sex offender

PORTALES (KSEL)- A Portales man has been indicted in federal court on charges of failure to register as a sex offender.

Erich Riker, 44, of Portales, appeared in federal court Friday, August 7, for an arraignment. According to the indictment and other court records, Riker, under the name of Jamie Lee Wood, was convicted of criminal sexual offenses in Minnesota.

Under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, those convictions require Riker to register as a sex offender.

While living in Portales, Riker was arrested by the New Mexico State Police on November 13, 2019, in the course of an unrelated criminal investigation. Subsequently, it was determined that Riker had failed to register as a sex offender between October 10, 2019, and November 13, 2019, in Roosevelt County. Riker was transported to Eugene, Oregon, following his November arrest for violating his terms of supervised release related to a separate federal conviction for failure to register as a sex offender.

Earlier this month, he was returned to New Mexico, where he will remain in custody pending his trial for the federal charge. The trial date has not yet been scheduled.

Riker faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the charged offense.