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SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED FOR FAILING TO REGISTER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2011
http://www.jusice.gov/usao/gan/
CONTACT:  Patrick Crosby
(404)581-6016
FAX (404)581-6160

William Douglas Martin Moved To Georgia After Being Monitored in Tennessee

            GAINESVILLE, GA – WILLIAM DOUGLAS MARTIN, 42, of Cumming, Georgia, was sentenced today before United States District Court Judge Richard W. Story for failing to register as a sex offender.

United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, “Federal and state sex offender registration laws serve an important public interest by providing information to communities about the location of potentially dangerous sex offenders.  Sex offenders who think they can slip into this district without being noticed and without registering will not be permitted to circumvent the law's requirements.  They should expect to be prosecuted, just like this defendant.”

MARTIN was sentenced to 1 year, 2 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.  There is no parole in the federal system.  MARTIN pleaded guilty to the charge on June 10, 2011.

            According to United States Attorney Yates and the information presented in court:  In January 2001, MARTIN was convicted in St. George, Utah, of attempted sexual abuse of a minor and unlawful sexual activity with a minor.  He was initially released in 2004, but between 2005 and 2007, violated parole three times.  He was ultimately released from custody in 2007 and relocated to Tennessee. In January 2011, law enforcement discovered that MARTIN had relocated to Forsyth County, Georgia in the fall of 2010 without notifying Tennessee authorities or registering as a sex offender in Georgia.

            This case is being prosecuted as a priority of the Justice Department’s Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Attorney General launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorney's Offices around the country, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

            This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service.

            Assistant United States Attorney Jill E. Steinberg is prosecuting the case.

            For further information please contact Sally Quillian Yates, United States Attorney, or Charysse L. Alexander, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, through Patrick Crosby, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Attorney's Office, at (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the HomePage for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia is www.usdoj.gov/usao/gan.

 

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