FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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Maryland Man Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison
For Failing to Register as a Sex Offender
Defendant Worked at Multiple Churches in the District of Columbia
WASHINGTON – Gary Darrell Mabry, 34, of Baltimore, Md., was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for failing to register as a sex offender at a time when he was working at three churches in the District of Columbia, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and Michael Hughes, U.S. Marshal for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Mabry pled guilty in May 2013 to the federal offense of failing to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the Honorable Beryl A. Howell. Upon completion of his prison term, Mabry will be placed on five years of supervised release. During that time, he must comply with all sex offender registration requirements, undergo sex offender assessment and treatment, and abide by limitations regarding contact with minors.
Mabry has three prior convictions in Maryland and the District of Columbia for sex offenses involving minor victims, ages 13 and 14, which require him to register as a sex offender. He was required by law to register as a sex offender in any jurisdiction where he resides, where he is an employee, whether compensated or not, and where he is a student.
According to the government’s evidence, from March 2009 until his arrest Feb. 26, 2013, Mabry had registered as a sex offender in Maryland, stating that is where he lived and worked. Specifically, he informed the Maryland registry that he was a self-employed freelance musician and he provided his home address as the employment address.
In fact, between March 2009 and October 2012, Mabry worked at three different churches in the District of Columbia, all in music-related positions, without registering that employment with the D.C. sex offender registry or the Maryland sex offender registry.
As part of an overall strategy to combat child exploitation, the U.S. Marshals Service launched a nationwide operation to target sex offenders who knowingly fail to comply with their sex offender registration requirements. The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act is part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. The Adam Walsh Act also provides for the use of federal law enforcement resources, including the U.S. Marshals Service, to assist the states in locating and apprehending non-compliant sex offenders.
In announcing today’s sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen and U.S. Marshal Hughes praised the members of the D.C. Superior Court Sex Offender Investigations Section of the U.S. Marshals Service, who investigated the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cassidy Kesler Pinegar and Sarah McClellan, who prosecuted the case.