Sex offenders who leave the country must notify the appropriate law enforcement agency in their home state, according to a ruling by the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Kevin Daniel Murphy, who was convicted of aggravated sexual assaultand aggravated sexual abuse of a child, was paroled from the prison to the Bonneville Community Correction Center in Salt Lake City in 2007. He stayed for a few months, but eventually fled to California and then into Mexico. He then went to Belize under the assumed name of Daniel Murray, according to the court ruling. Murphy chose Belize because he believed the country's government wouldn't extradite him back to the United States, the documents state. However, Belize authorities eventually deported him back to Utah for not having the proper immigration documents.
A district court judge sentenced Murphy to two years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for not updating the Utah sex offender registry, and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling Thursday.