William Charles Redlegs Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings on May 4, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, WILLIAM CHARLES REDLEGS, a 48-year-old resident of Billings, pled guilty to failure to register as a sexual offender. Sentencing is set for August 5, 2009. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On March 24, 1992, in U.S. District Court in Billings REDLEGS was convicted of incest, a felony. REDLEGS was sentenced to 27 months in prison. He served his prison time and was placed on supervised release. REDLEGS was required to register as a sexual offender as part of the sentence and knew of that requirement.
In August 2008, a Deputy U.S. Marshal received information that REDLEGS was not residing at his registered address in Billings.
REDLEGS had registered in July 2007 using an address in Billings. In September of 2007, personnel from the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) attempted to verify his address at that location and left a note on the door to contact the YCSO. The person actually residing there contacted the YCSO the next day and reported that REDLEGS did not reside there, but she had allowed him to use her address for mail service. She reported a potential employer of REDLEGS. The employer reported that he had not worked there for several months.
The Montana Sexual and Violent Offender Registry confirmed that REDLEGS was out of compliance with Montana's Sexual Offender Registry requirements and had been so since approximately September 2007.
REDLEGS faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd prosecuted the case for the United States.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.