Covington County Man Pleads Guilty to Failing to Register as a Convicted Sex Offender
Montgomery, Alabama - Ricky Allen Baggett, a resident of Covington County, Alabama, pled guilty in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama to a federal felony charge for failing to register as a sex offender, United States Attorney George L. Beck, Jr., announced today.
A federal grand jury indicted Baggett in April, 2012, for one count of failing to register and update a registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act after he traveled in interstate commerce in violation of federal law. According to court documents, Baggett was convicted of one count of sexual battery and one count of attempted sexual battery in Florida in 1999. Due to these convictions, Baggett is required to register as a sex offender. At the change of plea hearing, Baggett admitted that he last registered with the Covington County Sheriff’s Office on April 26, 2011. Baggett also admitted that after April 26, 2011, he traveled from Alabama to Florida and relocated to Florida. Baggett further admitted that, after relocating to Florida, he knowingly failed to update his Alabama sex offender registration.
Baggett’s sentencing hearing before Senior United States District W. Harold Albritton is to be scheduled. At sentencing, Baggett faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and no less than five years of supervised release following his release from prison. Baggett remains in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending sentencing.
This case was investigated jointly by the United States Marshals Service, Andalusia Police Department, and Covington County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jerusha T. Adams prosecuted the case.
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