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fayetteville man receives prison term for failing to register as a sex offender

July 20, 2012

NEW BERN - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court on July 18, 2012, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced MARK S. BOUTAN, 26, to 30 months imprisonment followed by a life-term of supervised release. 

     A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on June 16, 2011. On April 12, 2012, BOUTAN pled guilty to failure to register as a sex offender, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2250.

According to the May 20, 2011, Criminal Complaint, on October 13, 2005, BOUTAN was convicted of a state charge of indecent liberties with a child, which required him to register as a sex offender. In February, 2011, BOUTAN updated his sex offender registry information with the Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Police Department.  Two weeks later, when officers were attempting to verify the information listed on the update, it was learned that BOUTAN had not been at the residence since the summer of 2010.  An arrest warrant was obtained and in May, 2011, members of the United States Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force located him in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he was arrested.    

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about PSC, please visit  For more information about Internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”

Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Marshals Service in conjunction with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Sexual Offender Registration Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney Jay Exum prosecuted the case.



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