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Jacksonville Man Indicted On Federal Charge Of Failure To Register As A Sex Offender

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June 5, 2014

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced today that Anthony Vincent Burkitt, a/k/a “Vincent Thomas Wolfe,” (44, Jacksonville) has been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with failing to register as sex offender, after traveling from the state of Maryland. If convicted, Burkitt faces up to 10 years in federal prison. Burkitt has been in custody on related state charges since his arrest on April 13, 2014.   

According to the indictment, on or about September 27, 2002, Burkitt was convicted of attempted second degree rape in Baltimore County, Maryland.  Subsequent to his conviction, between September 9, 2011 and April 13, 2014, he traveled from Maryland to Florida, where he has since resided. Burkitt allegedly failed to register as a sex offender in Florida, as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

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 United States Marshals Service, to assist state and local authorities in locating and apprehending non-compliant sex offenders. 

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.

This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the United States Marshals Service, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

It is another 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.

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