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Ralston Man Sentenced to 2 years for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

January 31, 2013

            United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that James R. Nelson, 56, was sentenced in the United States District Court in Omaha for failure to register as a sex offender.  The Honorable Lyle E. Strom, Senior District Court Judge, sentenced Nelson to 2 years in prison.  After his release from prison Nelson will begin a 5 year term of supervised release.   

Nelson was convicted in Illinois of sexual assault of a seven year old in 1995.  He is required to register as a sex offender for life.  He was last registered at an address in Iowa. Nelson moved to Ralston in June of 2012.  He acquired a Nebraska Identification card.  He failed to register as a sex offender in Nebraska.  He was arrested on July 9, 2012, by the United States Marshal Service. 

The case was prosecuted as a part of Project Safe Childhood.  Project Safe Childhood is an initiative of the United States Department of Justice designed to protect children from individuals who would exploit them online or offline and includes individuals who travel in interstate commerce and fail to register as sex offenders as required by law.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit


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