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IOWA MAN SENTENCED FOR NOT REGISTERING AS SEX OFFENDER AFTER MOVING TO ALABAMA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2010


BIRMINGHAM – U.S. District Court Judge Sharon L. Blackburn today sentenced an Iowa man to 15 months in prison for failing to register as a sex offender when he moved to Alabama in September 2009, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance.

The judge sentenced MATTHEW EUGENE HAUS, 27, to prison and ordered him to serve 30 years supervised release after completing the prison term. He also must register as a sex offender.

 HAUS pleaded guilty in May to his indictment for failure to register as a sex offender. When HAUS was arrested in January, he had lived in Birmingham about four months without registering as required by law, according to his plea agreement. HAUS was convicted for the sexual abuse of a five-year-old girl in Iowa in 2002, the plea agreement said.

United States Attorney Joyce White Vance praised the U.S. Marshals Service, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and the Polk County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office for their work in tracking and arresting HAUS.

The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) requires convicted sex offenders to register as such within 3 days of moving into another state. Federal law enforcement is actively engaged in locating, apprehending and prosecuting individuals who are violating the sex offender registration law.
           
Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Fortune prosecuted the case.

 

 

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