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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pennsylvania sex offender sentenced for failing to register

         ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Gregory Grove, a/k/a Gregory Kutruff, 37, Fayette, N.Y., who was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and five years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer. 

            Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who handled the case, stated that Grove is a sex offender required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. In June 2011, he left the State of Pennsylvania to come to  the Western District of New York but failed to register as a sex offender in New York State. The defendant also failed to update his registration status with Pennsylvania authorities to advise them that he had left that state.

            This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

           
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the United States Marshals Service, under the direction of Marshal Charles Salina.