SPRINGFIELD MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FAILING TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER
BOSTON, Mass. - A Springfield man was convicted today in federal court of failing to register as a sex offender.
ROBERT ELLISON, 48, of Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor to one count of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. At today’s plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that due to his 2000 conviction for Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child under the Age of 14, Ellison was a sex offender who was required to register and to update his registration. Between February 2007 and July 2008, Ellison traveled from Massachusetts to Colorado, where he established residence without registering as a sex offender in Colorado and without notifying Massachusetts authorities of his change in residence.
Judge Ponsor scheduled sentencing for July 15, 2011. ELLISON faces up to 10 years imprisonment, to be followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and John Gibbons, U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Unit.