Caldwell Man Sentenced for Failing to Register as Sex Offender
BOISE – Ronnie Dean Daniels, 64, of Caldwell, Idaho, was sentenced in United States District Court in Boise this afternoon to 18 months in prison followed by five years supervised release for violating the Sex Offender Notification and Registration Act (SORNA), announced U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson. Daniels appeared before Senior Judge A. Wallace Tashima of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Daniels pled guilty in June.
According to the plea agreement, Daniels was previously convicted of rape in Chelan County, Washington. After completing sex offender registration in Idaho on six occasions between 2003 and 2006, Daniels notified authorities that he had moved to Foulkner County, Arkansas, where he registered several times in 2006 and 2007. Ultimately, Daniels failed to register in Arkansas and his whereabouts were unknown to authorities there.
In February 2008, a warrant for Daniels' arrest was issued in Arkansas. The U.S. Marshals Service in Idaho, while working on a fugitive task force, received information that Daniels was living in Caldwell. During an interview with investigators, Daniels admitted moving from Arkansas to Idaho in November 2007. He admitted knowing he was required to register as a sex offender in Idaho, but stated that he had not registered because he did not know which address to provide. Following a consent search of Daniels' Caldwell premises and vehicles, investigators discovered two vehicle registration certificates from the State of Idaho, one issued in November 2008 and the other in May 2009. Both registrations listed Daniels as the owner of the vehicles with a residence in Caldwell. The investigation also revealed that Daniels had been living in the home as a caretaker since approximately September 2009.
According to court documents, Daniels also has prior convictions for failing to register as a sex offender in Arkansas and for possession of a controlled substance in Idaho.
The case was investigated by United States Marshals Service.
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