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David John Woodfin Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on January 12, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, DAVID JOHN WOODFIN, age 63, formerly of Bozeman, appeared for sentencing. WOODFIN was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 15 months

Special Assessment: $200

Supervised Release: life time

WOODFIN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to failure to register as a sexual offender.

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:

On February 16, 1995, WOODFIN was convicted of sexual abuse of a child (under the age of 12) in the State of Utah.

On June 14, 2004, upon release from prison, WOODFIN registered as a sex offender in Utah. WOODFIN provided a specific address in Salt Lake City, Utah as his home address. As part of the sex offender registration process, WOODFIN acknowledged his requirement as a sex offender to notify the appropriate authorities of any change of address, including relocation out of state.

WOODFIN ultimately traveled to Montana and arrived in Bozeman in approximately June 2010, where he resided at a specific known address.

The Montana Sexual and Violent Offender Registry confirmed that WOODFIN did not register as required by law and the Bozeman Police Department also verified that he had not registered through their office. WOODFIN finally registered on April 21, 2011, after being contacted to do so. However, in approximately May 2011 he left that registered address.

On June 8, 2011, WOODFIN contacted his landlord letting him know that he and his son would not be returning to Montana and would like to terminate their lease.

On July 6, 2011, the United States Marshals Service (USMS) in Connecticut advised the USMS in Montana that WOODFIN was residing at a residence in Hamden, Connecticut. He did not notify Montana that he had moved to Connecticut. It was also relayed to the USMS in Montana that WOODFIN had named the residence in Connecticut as his home of record on a cellular phone.

WOODFIN was also receiving benefits through the State of Connecticut. The USMS in Connecticut had checked with the Connecticut Sexual Offender Registry and found that WOODFIN had not notified the registry of his present residence in Connecticut.

The Montana Sexual and Violent Offender Registry confirmed that WOODFIN was currently out of compliance with Montana's Sexual Offender Registry requirements since entering Montana in approximately June 2010 to April 20, 2011, and again from approximately June 2011 to the present.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that WOODFIN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, WOODFIN does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Montana U.S. Marshals Service and the Connecticut U.S. Marshals Service.



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