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February 24, 2012

JOHN C. WRIGHT, JR., age 30, of Harvey, Louisiana, was charged in a one count indictment yesterday by a Federal Grand Jury with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to the indictment, on or about June 7, 2007, WRIGHT entered a plea of guilty to Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor, in violation of Ohio Revised Code Section 2907.04(a), a felony of the fourth degree; and Illegal Use of Minor in Nudity-Oriented Material or Performance, in violation of Ohio Revised Code Section 2907.323(A)(3), a felony of the fifth degree, in the Common Pleas Court, Ashland County, Ohio, under Case No. 07-CRI-021. WRIGHT was required to complete a Sex Offender Registration Form any time he changed his address. WRIGHT moved from Ohio to Louisiana and failed to notify law enforcement authorities of his move to Louisiana.

WRIGHT faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a fine of $250,000.00 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."

The case is being investigated by United States Marshal’s Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States and Project Safe Childhood Coordinator Brian M. Klebba.

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