FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2011
NEWARK, N.J. – Deputies of the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Rolston Browne yesterday at his Irvington, N.J., residence for failing to register as a sex offender after moving to New Jersey, as is required by federal law, U.S. Attorney Fishman announced.
Browne, 41, is charged by Complaint with one count of failing to register and update a registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (“SORNA”). He is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court.
According to the Complaint:
Browne was convicted in Georgia of a crime requiring registration as a sex offender in February 1996, and was sentenced to two years in prison. Upon his release, Browne moved to New York, where he registered as required. Browne was advised by the state of New York that he was required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
Between May 1998 and January 2010, Browne executed a number of New York state forms to comply with his registration requirements, though not for all years. In May 2011, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services mailed an address verification form to the last address Browne had provided. The form was returned as not deliverable.
In July 2011, law enforcement officials learned that Browne had been living in Irvington since February 2010 in an apartment where two children also lived. After determining that Browne has not registered as required in Essex County, law enforcement conducted surveillance of the apartment complex and observed Browne entereing the building.
The charge of failing to register under SORNA carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited the U.S. Marshals Sex Offender Investigation Branch, under the direction of U.S. Marshal Juan Mattos Jr., for the investigation leading to the arrest. He also thanked the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force and New Jersey State Parole Sex Offender Investigations Branch for their roles in the apprehension of the defendant.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vikas Khanna of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.
The charges and allegations contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Defense counsel: Candace Hom Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark