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Authorities search for sex offender
Man, 19, may have moved back to Mexico

LAWRENCEVILLE - Authorities are looking for a Norcross sex offender they believe may have moved back to Mexico.

Investigators with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office said Victor Manuel Barrera Montanez, 19, failed to register as a sex offender when, on or about the third week of December, he moved to Mexico without informing the county sex offender unit. It is mandatory that all sex offenders notify authorities, within 72 hours, of any change of address.

According to the Georgia sex offender registry, Montanez was convicted of statutory rape on Dec. 3.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Stacey Bourbannais said investigators can't rule out Montanez still being in the area.

"We don't know for sure that he moved to Mexico," Bourbonnais said. "Some of his neighbors said they thought he did. We just know that he's not where he said he was."

Montanez is on probation, according to the arrest warrant. His last known address was 6055 South Norcross Tucker Road, Apt. G3.

Montanez is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with information on Montanez' whereabouts is urged to call the sheriff's department tip line at 770-619-6840.