Lapwai Man Pleads Guilty for Failing to Register as Sex Offender
COEUR D'ALENE – Michael Dean Vallee, Jr., 27, of Lapwai, Idaho, pleaded guilty yesterday in United States District Court in Coeur d'Alene for failing to register as a sex offender, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
According to the plea agreement, Vallee was convicted of sexually abusing a minor in 2004. After serving a thirty month prison term, Vallee was released and registered as a sex offender, as required by federal law. In April 2010, Vallee failed to update his sex offender registration and remained non-compliant until his arrest in April 2011. Vallee has been in jail since his arrest.
The charge of failing to register as a sex offender carries a maximum punishment of up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a term of supervised release from five years to lifetime.
Sentencing is set for November 28, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Vallee was prosecuted for violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), passed by Congress in 2006. The Act requires sex offenders to register and keep their registration current in each jurisdiction where they reside. Violations of SORNA can be prosecuted in federal court.
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