Lapwai Man Pleads Guilty to Failing to Register as a Sex Offender
COEUR D’ALENE —Jacob Russell Jackson, 54, of Lapwai, Idaho, pleaded guilty today to failing to register as a sex offender, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Jackson was indicted by a federal grand jury in Coeur d’Alene on April 16, 2013.
According to in-court statements, in 1996 Jackson was convicted in federal district court for two counts of Abusive Sexual Contact. Jackson registered as a sex offender after his release from prison, however in December 2012, he stopped registering. Jackson remained unregistered until his indictment in April 2013.
The charge of failure to register as a sex offender is punishable by up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000.00, and five years up to lifetime supervised release.
Jackson is set for sentencing on August 26, 2014, before Chief United States District Judge B. Lynn Winmill, at the federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Jackson was prosecuted for a violation of 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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