SEX OFFENDER CHARGED WITH FAILING TO REGISTER
JOHN MAUTINO, age 36, a resident of Harvey, Louisiana, was charged today in a one-count bill of information with failing to register as a sex offender, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the bill of information, in 2005, MAUTINO entered a plea of guilty to interstate violation of a protective order. That particular charge contained a sentencing enhancement, as it was alleged that the defendant engaged in a sex act with a fourteen (14) year old. As a result, he was sentenced to serve a sixty-two (62) month sentence in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons.
When MAUTINO was convicted for that offense, he was advised that he would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and understood that he was required to complete a Sex Offender Registration/Change of Address/Annual or Other Update Form (Registration Form) every year within 5 days of his birthday and/or any time that he changed his address. Each time MAUTINO completed this Registration Form he also understood that he was to provide his thumb print and sign that he understood that the responsibility to register as a sex offender is a lifetime requirement; that if he were to change his registered address to a new address, either within the same jurisdiction, or anywhere inside or outside of the state, he must inform the last registering agency or agencies in person within five (5) working days before he were to move; and that if he were to move outside of Louisiana, he is required to register in the new state within ten (10) working days.
MAUTINO served his sentence and was released from the United States Bureau of Prisons. His federal supervised release term began on March 23, 2011. On March 24, 2011, MAUTINO began the sex offender registration process with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and registered with an address in Harvey, LA. Four (4) days later, on March 28, 2011, MAUTINO moved from his registered address to a motel without notifying law enforcement authorities. On or about April 17, 2011, MAUTINO moved from Louisiana to Georgia and again failed to notify law enforcement authorities as to his status as a sex offender.
Since MAUTINO was a person required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, traveled in interstate commerce and failed to register and update his registration, he was charged today with the current offense.
MAUTINO faces up to ten (10) years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by the Special Agents of the United States Marshals Service. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Jon Maestri.
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