Sex offender has new address in Somerton
The Yuma County Sheriff's Office is informing the community of a Level 2 sex offender's new address in Somerton.
Benjamin C. Rodriguez, 49, is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, 195 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is now residing at 448 W. Eucalyptus St.
Rodriguez was convicted of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 14 in May 1985. He had sexual contact with an 8-year-old female whom he knew. Then in October 2004, he was convicted of failure to register as a sex offender.
Rodriguez is not wanted by law enforcement. YCSO is releasing information about his new address pursuant to the community notification law on sex offenders.
Offenders are categorized in three levels. Level 1 is a low risk to reoffend, Level 2 an intermediate risk and Level 3 a high risk. Rodriguez is a Level 2 sex offender and considered an intermediate risk to reoffend.
YCSO is responsible for registering sex offenders who reside in Yuma County. This includes new registrations, address changes and/or updates, and confirming offenders that have moved out of the area. During October, YCSO:
• Registered one new sex offender.
• Confirmed no sex offenders moved out of the area.
• Received 10 sex offender address changes.
• Participated in Operation Halloween Safe Treat.
• Tracked 322 sex offenders in Yuma County.
More information about sex offenders can be obtained by visiting www.ci.yuma.az.us/2349.htm or http://www.azsexoffender.com