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NM tightens sex offender registration laws

SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico has a new website where people can see information related to registered sex offenders and get real-time email notifications if an offender moves their neighborhood.

Gov. Susana Martinez unveiled the website on Thursday. She says it’s the first time that the information is available to parents and the community in a single source that’s consistent throughout New Mexico.

New sex offender registration requirements will go into effect Monday. The changes will tighten registration requirements and close a loophole for out-of-state sex offenders.

Previously, some sex offenders registered in another state did not have to register upon moving to New Mexico.

The changes also require sex offenders to register any names, email addresses and other monikers used on social networking sites.