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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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JULY 26, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MARIONVILLE MAN INDICTED FOR FAILING

TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Marionville, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for failing to register as a sex offender. This case marks the first prosecution in this district under the provisions of the recently enacted Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.


             Perry Lee Nugent, 36, of Marionville, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Nugent on July 10, 2007. Nugent remains in federal custody following a court order that he be detained without bail.


             “Federal sex offender registration provides a valuable tool to inform the public and protect our communities,” Wood said. “We will work to insure that those who are required to register meet their obligation.”


             The federal indictment alleges that Nugent, who is required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, has failed to register or update his registration since March 20, 2006.


             According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Nugent was convicted of sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child in Iowa in 1998. Nugent has lived in Marionville since at least March 2006, the affidavit says, but has never registered as a sex offender in the state of Missouri.


            Wood cautioned that the charge contained in the indictment is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary K. Milligan. It was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service.

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