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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sex Offender Attempting To Use Alleged “Loophole” In Law Sentenced For Failing To Register

Pocatello - Jeramie McGuire, 36, of Big Piney, Wyoming, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for failing to register as a sex offender, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. United States District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered McGuire to serve ten years of supervised release. McGuire pleaded guilty to the charge on April 14, 2014.

According to court records, McGuire is required to register as a sex offender due to a third degree felony rape conviction in Oregon in 1998. In May 2013, McGuire travelled from Big Piney, Wyoming, to Pocatello, Idaho, and began working and residing there until arrested on October 23, 2013. At no time while living and working in Idaho did McGuire register with the state of Idaho. McGuire admitted to law enforcement when arrested that he was attempting to avoid registration through “loopholes” in the law by travelling between Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming.

The case was investigated by the Pocatello Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS). McGuire was prosecuted for a violation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) passed by Congress in 2006. The Act requires sex offenders to register and keep their registration current in each jurisdiction where they reside. Violations of SORNA can be prosecuted in federal court.