EAST ST. LOUIS MAN SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS FOR SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION VIOLATION
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on September 23, 2011, Steven J. Lee, 28, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was sentenced in federal district court in East St. Louis to 18 months’ imprisonment, 5 years’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment, following his plea of guilty, on June 6, 2011, to an Indictment charging him with traveling in interstate commerce and knowingly failing to update his Sex Offender Registration, as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
Documents filed with the court indicate that on June 5, 2009, Lee pled guilty in St. Louis County, Missouri, to First Degree Child Molestation of his four-year-old niece. He was sentenced to 5 years’ incarceration on that charge, but was later released on 5 years’ probation on October 26, 2009. Lee registered as a sex offender in Missouri, giving his address as a halfway house in St. Louis. After the halfway house reported to police that Lee was missing, a warrant for his arrest was issued by the St. Louis County Circuit Court. Investigating law enforcement agents located Lee in East St. Louis, Illinois, on May 7, 2010. Agents learned from Lee’s relatives that Lee had been living in various places in Centreville and Alorton since at least mid-March, 2010. Registered sex offenders who move from the place where they are registered and travel in interstate commerce are required to timely report their new addresses.
The case was investigated by members of the U.S. Marshal Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Clark.