Baker County Man Indicted On Federal Charge Of Failure To Register As Sex Offender
Jacksonville, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces today that James A. Gallagher, Jr. (37, Glen St. Mary) has been indicted by a federal grand jury for failure to register as sex offender in Florida after traveling from Ohio. Gallagher faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Gallagher has been in custody since his arrest on January 25, 2012.
According to the indictment, on March 15, 2002, Gallagher was convicted of committing a sex offense in Ohio. Between June 2011 and November 2011, subsequent to his conviction, Gallagher traveled from Ohio to Florida, where he has since resided. The indictment alleges that he failed to register as a sex offender as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service, the Baker County Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc for more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.