Two Men Charged With Failure To Update Sex Offender Registration
Peoria, Ill. – A federal grand jury today returned separate indictments charging two Central Illinois men with violation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA): Jeremy S. Cary, 27, no current address available, and Michael P. Hayes, 42, no current address available.
The indictment against Cary alleges that from September 2010 to May 6, 2011, Cary failed to register and to update registration as a sex offender after leaving the state of Illinois and traveling to Florida. According to the indictment, Cary has a Knox County, Illinois conviction for aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Cary was arrested in Florida on May 6, and made his initial appearance in federal court in the Middle District of Florida on May 19. Cary subsequently made his initial appearance in federal court in the Central District of Illinois on June 10, before U.S. Magistrate Judge John A. Gorman. Cary waived his right to a detention hearing and was ordered to remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
The charge against Cary was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service in the Central District of Illinois and Middle District of Florida, the Peoria Police Department, and Peoria County Probation.
A separate, unrelated indictment charges Hayes with failure to register and to update registration as a sex offender from April 2011 to June 1, 2011, after leaving the state of Illinois, specifically Hancock County, and traveling to Maryland. According to the indictment, Hayes has a conviction in McDonough County, Illinois, for attempted aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Hayes was arrested on June 1, in the District of Maryland; he remains in custody there pending transfer to the Central District of Illinois.
The charge against Hayes was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service in the Central District of Illinois and the McDonough County and Hancock County Sheriffs’ Offices.
The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk D. Schoenbein.
If convicted, the offense carries a statutory penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
The cases were brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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