FORMER WILLIAMSON COUNTY RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO FAILING TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER
A Topeka, Kansas, man pled guilty on July 7, 2011, in United States District Court in Benton, IL, to Failing to Register as a Sex Offender, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Ronald B. Corey, 47, of Topeka, formerly of Carterville and Johnston City, pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. The offense occurred between March 25, 2010, and April 20, 2010, in Williamson County. Evidence at the plea hearing established that Corey was required to register with Williamson County authorities under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, based on a 1990 conviction for Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault. Corey left the area and was arrested in Topeka, Kansas, on April 20, 2010. At his sentencing, Corey is facing potential penalties of up to 10 years’ in prison, a term of supervised release from 5 years to life, and a $250,000 fine.
The investigation was conducted by the United States Marshal Service. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Department and Illinois State Police Gaming Board also assisted in the investigation.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.