Man gets jail time for not updating sex offender registry

Mark Christopher Solares

FRONT ROYAL — Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp sentenced a local man Tuesday to serve some of a previously suspended sentence after the man failed to update his sex offender registration information.

As part of a plea agreement, Mark Christopher Solares, 25, pleaded guilty to failing to update his job information in the sex offender registry after he had been terminated from his place of employment. His attorney, John Bell, added that Solares had been in the process of appealing his job termination when he was arrested, and he had been keeping all other necessary information up to date.

Solares entered an Alford plea of guilty in December  to aggravated sexual battery of a minor younger than 13,  part of a plea agreement in which he maintained that he was innocent in the crime but the evidence against him would be enough for a conviction. He was sentenced to a total of seven years imprisonment with all but six months suspended, and was ordered to complete two years of supervised probation upon his release.

Because Solares was convicted of a violent sex offense, failing to update his sex offender registration information is a felony that carries a five year maximum punishment.

Hupp sentenced Solares to three years imprisonment with all but one month suspended, and imposed five months of the previously suspended sentence from the sex offense. Upon his release, Solares must complete two years of supervised probation.