Arizona sex offender now in federal custody

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Michael Anthony Martinez By Andrew Michalscheck Michael Anthony Martinez By Andrew Michalscheck

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A convicted sex offender who violated his parole in Arizona has been arrested after being found in Mexico.

The U.S. Marshals Service says 29-year-old Michael Anthony Martinez was taken into custody Tuesday night at the Lukeville port of entry in southern Arizona.

Authorities say Martinez was found working at a Puerto Penasco resort and deported.

Martinez was convicted in April 2000 for attempted child molestation and attempted sexual conduct with a minor in Maricopa County and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Authorities say Martinez failed to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison and was living in Utah by February 2011.

He was arrested, extradited to Arizona, served a 14-month sentence and allegedly had contact with a minor while on supervised release before fleeing to Mexico.