Jeffery James Fox Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on September 12, 2012, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, JEFFERY JAMES FOX, a 29-year-old resident of Billings, pled guilty to failure to register as a sexual offender. Sentencing has been set for December 12, 2012. 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:
On February 15, 2006, FOX was convicted of rape in the third degree in Coos County Circuit Court in the State of Oregon. FOX was sentenced to a term of ninety days in custody followed by thirty-six months of probation. Based upon this conviction, FOX was required to register as a sexual offender.
On November 15, 2010, FOX registered as a sexual offender with the Oregon State Police. FOX reported a known address in Coos Bay, Oregon as his home address. During the registration process, FOX acknowledged his requirement to register as a sexual offender, including notifying the appropriate authorities of any change of address including relocating out of state.
On an unknown date in December of 2010, FOX traveled to Montana, where he resided in the Yellowstone County area. After his arrival in Yellowstone County, FOX began residing at an address in Billings. FOX did not register as a sexual offender with the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office at any time after his arrival in Yellowstone County.
On June 15, 2012, the United States Marshals Service received information that FOX was residing in Billings and arrested him.
The Montana Sexual or Violent Offender Registry confirmed that FOX had not registered with any jurisdiction in the State of Montana and that FOX was out of compliance with Montana's Sexual Offender Registry requirements and has been since entering Montana in approximately December of 2010.
FOX faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 5 years supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by the United States Marshals Service.