LAPWAI MAN INDICTED FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER
Michael Dean Vallee, Jr., 27, of Lapwai, Idaho, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Coeur d'Alene, for failing to register as a sex offender, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced. An arraignment date has not been set.
According to the indictment filed on May 17, between April 12, 2010 and April 8, 2011, Vallee failed to register and update a registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Vallee was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor on July 13, 2004, in the District of Idaho. He is required by SORNA to report in person every six months in each jurisdiction where he resides. If convicted, Vallee faces up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.
The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service.
In a related case, Vallee appeared in federal court earlier this week, on Monday, and admitted he violated the terms of his supervised release, which had been imposed in 2004. Vallee was arrested for driving under the influence and failing to maintain his registration. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge ordered Vallee to return to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons for twelve months. Vallee is currently in custody.
An indictment is a means of charging a person with criminal activity. It is not evidence. The person is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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