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Jacksonville Man Indicted On Federal Charges Of Failure To Register As A Sex Offender And Possession Of Firearms By A Convicted Felon

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June 6, 2014

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced yesterday that Daniel Todd Manning (42, Jacksonville) has been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with failing to register as sex offender, after traveling from the state of Missouri. He is also charged with the possession of firearms by a convicted felon. If convicted, Manning faces up to 10 years in federal prison for each offense. Manning has been in custody on related state charges since his arrest on April 30, 2014, in Jacksonville.   

According to the indictment, on July 26, 2013, Manning was found guilty on two counts of aggravated indecent acts and one count of indecent acts with a child, in the state of Kansas.  Subsequent to this adjudication in Kansas, and between July 30, 2013 and April 30, 2014, Manning traveled to the state of Missouri, where he registered as a sex offender. Thereafter, he moved to Florida, where he has since resided. Manning 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. 

The indictment also alleges that, on April 30, 2014, Manning knowingly possessed eight different firearms in Jacksonville. At the time of the possession, Manning was a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.

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 United States Marshals Service, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

It is another case 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.

It is also a case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy.  United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, along with Trevor Velinor, Acting Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials. This is another example of ATF’s Frontline Strategy to impact violent crime in our communities.

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