A Lubbock man previously arrested during a sting operation has been arrested again. Just last year 45-year-old Gerardo Avila was arrested during a multi-agency sting operation, Operation Lubbock Tornado, conducted by the Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety and United States Marshals Service and Homeland Security Investigations. Avila was arrested, along with 12 other sex offenders, and charged with Failure of Sex Offenders Duty to Register.

KAMC news reported that an indictment on December 9th states that Avila forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with a United States Marshal's official duties. Avila is said to have forcibly assaulted that Deputy United States Marshal with a vehicle causing him to be charged with Fraudulent Use/Possession of Identifying Information Under five Items, a Federal Warrant or Detainer, and two separate charges of Sex Offenders Duty to Register for Life/90 days.

As per the publishing of this article, Avila is currently being held in the Lubbock County Detention Center on bonds totaling $215,000. There is no current update on the condition of the United States Marshal Deputy as to whether they were injured during this incident or if they needed medical attention.

Failure of Sex Offenders Duty to Register can fall anywhere between a State jail felony and first-degree felony. If convicted the sentencing can vary from revocation of probation and two to 20 years in prison with a $10,000 fine or a more severe punishment of up to 99 years in prison.

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