Timothy James Bittner Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on February 15, 2012, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, TIMOTHY JAMES BITTNER, a 29-year-old resident of Billings/Forsyth/California, appeared for sentencing. BITTNER was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 36 months
Special Assessment: $100
Supervised Release: 5 years
BITTNER 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:
In 1998, BITTNER was convicted of indecent contact with a child in Iowa. BITTNER was sentenced to a term of two years, which was suspended, and he was placed on probation. However, his probation was revoked and he was sentenced to prison time.
Upon release from prison, BITTNER registered as a sex offender in Iowa. As part of the sex offender registration process, BITTNER acknowledged his requirement as a sex offender to notify the appropriate authorities of any change of address, including relocation out of state.
BITTNER has a long history of failing to register in various states including Iowa, South Dakota, Nevada, Florida, and New Mexico. He has been prosecuted multiple times by different states for his failures to register.
In approximately August of 2010, BITTNER traveled to Montana where he resided in Billings, Forsyth, and Miles City. BITTNER failed to notify the appropriate authorities in Montana upon his arrival. In December 2010, the U.S. Marshals Service received information that BITTNER was residing in the Forsyth area.
The Montana Sexual and Violent Offender Registry confirmed that BITTNER did not register as required by law and the various County Sheriff's Offices also verified that he had not registered through their offices. The Montana Sexual and Violent Offender Registry also confirmed that BITTNER was out of compliance with Montana's Sexual Offender Registry requirements and has been since entering Montana in approximately August of 2010.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that BITTNER will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, BITTNER 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 conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.