Dale Vernal Campbell Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings on April 27, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, DALE VERNAL CAMPBELL, a 37-year-old resident of Lame Deer, pled guilty to failure to register as a sexual offender. Sentencing has been set for July 30, 2010. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In 2001, CAMPBELL was convicted in federal court of felony sexual abuse of a minor for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. CAMPBELL was sentenced to 14 months prison followed by supervised release. CAMPBELL had been out on supervised release and reimprisoned several times for violations of the terms and conditions of his release. Based on his conviction, CAMPBELL was required to register as a sexual offender and was informed of that requirement on several occasions. CAMPBELL registered several times while on supervised release. He last registered a Billings address in January of 2009.
In June of 2009, a Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office deputy attempted to verify CAMPBELL's address in Billings, but found that the apartment was vacant. The property manager indicated that CAMPBELL had been evicted in June and his whereabouts were unknown. CAMPBELL was finally located and arrested on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.
CAMPBELL faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least 5 years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.