TEXAS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER
A Texas man pled guilty in federal court in East St. Louis, on September 7, 2011, to an Indictment charging him with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Stephen Patrick McClure, 41, faces a term of imprisonment of not more than ten (10) years, a fine up to $250,000, or both, and a term of supervised release of five (5) years to life when he is sentenced. Currently, sentencing is set for December 16, 2011. McClure has been held without bond since his arrest in Texas on June 13, 2011.
The violation occurred between March 24, 2008, when McClure was last seen in Madison County, until he was detained in Decatur County, Georgia, on May 9, 2010. McClure was required to register as a sex offender under both Illinois law and the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act because he was convicted of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse on March 14, 2008, in Madison County, Illinois. McClure acknowledged that he understood the requirements of maintaining his sex offender registration requirements by signing an Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act Notification Form on March 14, 2008. When McClure was detained in Georgia in May, 2010, he had not registered as a sex offender in Georgia, nor had he updated his sex offender registration form in Illinois. Because of his failure to register in Georgia and his failure to update his registration in Illinois, McClure was charged federally with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
This case was 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 United States 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.
The case was investigated by the United States Marshal Service. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.