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FARMINGTON — An Upper Fruitland man is facing charges after being accused of failing to register as a sex offender for more than a year.

Johnny Reames, 58, is accused of three third-degree felony counts of failure to register as a sex offender (second or subsequent) in Aztec Magistrate Court, according to court records.

The charges stem from Reames allegedly failing to register with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office after being arrested twice and failing to annually renew his registration with the sheriff's office, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Sarah Field, Reames' public defender, did not reply to requests for comment.

Reames moved to San Juan County in December 2006 and started registering with the sheriff's office.

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He was convicted of indecency with a child in Texas in November 1989 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to court documents.

As part of the conviction, Reames is required to annually register with a sheriff's office until 2026. The last appearance he made at the San Juan County Sheriff's Office was on Dec. 19, 2016, for his annual registration.

He is also required to register with the sheriff's office within 10 days after being released from custody or being placed on parole or probation, according to court documents.

The affidavit states Reames was arrested on Nov. 28 on unrelated misdemeanor warrants, and he allegedly didn't register with the sheriff's office following his release.

He was arrested on a warrant for a misdemeanor count of criminal sexual contact, according to court records.

He was also arrested on Dec. 12 for another set of unrelated misdemeanor warrants and released on Dec. 17. Reames is accused of not registering with the sheriff's office following his release.

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Reames left two voice messages with the sheriff's office on Dec. 29 and 30, stating he needed to register, according to court documents. Information updates or address changes are not accepted via telephone.

Field filed a motion to review the conditions of release for Reames, stating he is unable to post the $2,500 cash at 10 percent bond, according to court documents.

The motion will be reviewed during his preliminary hearing on Thursday morning in Aztec Magistrate Court.

He was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center this afternoon.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at

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