Illinois Man Sentenced for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
George Lesure, a 56-year old, Illinois, man was sentenced on December 3, 2012, in Federal District Court in East St. Louis, IL, on one count of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Lesure was sentenced to a year and a day in prison, five years of supervised release, fined $300 and ordered to pay $100 special assessment.
The violation occurred between 2008, and 2010, when after registering as a Sex Offender in the State of Illinois, on February 6, 2008, Lesure traveled in interstate commerce to the State of Missouri, for employment purposes and to reside with his girlfriend in St. Louis, Missouri. Lesure was aware that he was required to either update his sex offender registration in Illinois to reflect this change of address, or to register as a sex offender in Missouri. Lesure was convicted on September 18, 1991, in Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court in St. Clair County, Illinois, of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault.
By failing to comply with maintaining his sex offender registration requirements, Lesure violated the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Lesure was apprehended by law enforcement officials on April 6, 2012, in East St. Louis, Illinois. It was discovered that Lesure had not registered as a sex offender in Missouri, nor had he updated his sex offender registration in Illinois.
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 sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”
The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T Kapsak.