Brooklyn, Maryland Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Failing to Register as a Convicted Sex Offender
First Case Brought in Maryland Under Federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Brian Lee Gould, age 56, of Brooklyn, Maryland, today to two years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release for failing to register and update a registration as a convicted sex offender, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
“After he was released from custody in 2002, Brian Lee Gould moved to West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland, refusing in each state to comply with the sex offender registration laws,” said United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “The Adam Walsh Act authorizes federal prosecutors to charge ex-convicts who fail to comply with sex offender registration requirements.”
The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), enacted on July 27, 2006, requires a sex offender to register, and keep the registration current, in each jurisdiction where the offender resides, works and goes to school. SORNA is part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act which creates a new comprehensive national system and requirements for sex offender registration, and criminal penalties for those who knowingly fail to register or update registration.
According to guilty plea, Gould was convicted in the District of Columbia for assault with intent to commit sodomy while armed and released from custody in 2002. On March 5, 2004, Gould moved to West Virginia where he was convicted in state court on November 9, 2004 for failing to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
On December 31, 2004, Gould moved to Pennsylvania where an arrest warrant was issued for failure to comply with the state registration laws for sexual offenders after Gould failed to submit required reports after on May 30, 2006. Additionally, between August 21, 2006, and August 28, 2006, Gould failed to keep appointments with his federal parole officer in Pennsylvania. On August 31, 2006, an arrest warrant was issued for Gould for a federal parole violation.
In August 2006, Gould moved to Maryland and knowingly failed to register as a sex offender. On July 18, 2007, Gould was arrested by United States Marshals on the federal parole violation. Investigation revealed that on August 20, 2006, Gould moved to Hancock, Maryland, to live with his brother and subsequently moved to Brooklyn, Maryland, where he was arrested.
This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. Details about Maryland’s program are available at www.usdoj.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the U.S. Marshals Service for its investigative work, and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who is prosecuting the case.