SEX OFFENDER PLEADS GUILTY TO
FAILING TO UPDATE REGISTRATION
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that HARRY SANTANA, 32, previously of Zion Street, Hartford, and Bainbridge Avenue, the Bronx, New York, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act by failing to update his sexual offender registration in Connecticut and by failing to register in New York as a sex offender when he relocated to that jurisdiction in February 2009.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 6, 2004, SANTANA was convicted in Connecticut Superior Court of sexual assault in the second degree. As a result, SANTANA was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment, execution suspended after four, and five years of probation. SANTANA also was required to register as a sex offender.
SANTANA was released from prison in July 2008 and was registered as a sex offender in Connecticut.
In February 2009, SANTANA relocated from Hartford to the Bronx, New York, but failed to notify Connecticut officials of a change of address, and failed to register as a sex offender in New York.
On May 14, 2009, SANTANA was arrested by the United States Marshals Service at an apartment in the Bronx.
Judge Chatigny has scheduled sentencing for October 13, 2011, at which time SANTANA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (“SORNA”), which was passed by Congress in 2006 as part of the Adam Walsh Act, established the creation of a comprehensive national system for the registration of sex offenders in order to close loopholes in previous sex offender registration legislation and to standardize registration across the United States.
U.S. Attorney Fein noted that SANTANA was the first individual charged in the District of Connecticut for the federal offense of failing to register as a sex offender, and that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Marshals Service are focusing on these violations in order to honor the goals of the Adam Walsh Act and SORNA.
This matter was investigated by the United States Marshals Service. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael J. Gustafson and Paul H. McConnell.
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