St. Louis Man Sentenced For Failure To Register As A Sex Offender
Nathaniel R. Duff, a 34-year old, St. Louis, Missouri, man was sentenced on January 17, 2014, in federal district court in East St. Louis, Illinois, 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. Duff was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison, five years of supervised release, ordered to pay a $100 special assessment, and a $150 fine.
The violation occurred in late 2012, when Duff moved from Illinois to St. Louis. He was aware that he was required to either update his sex offender registration in Illinois to reflect this change of address, or register as a sex offender in Missouri. Duff was convicted on April 15, 1999, in Third Judicial Circuit Court in Bond County, Illinois, of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse. Because of his failure to register in Missouri and his failure to update his registration in Illinois, Duff was charged in federal court 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 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 and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.