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Shiprock man sentenced to 30-Month prison term for failing to register as sex offender

January 11, 2011

United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that, today, United States District Judge Judith C. Herrera sentenced Lathaniel N. Scott, 36, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and resident of Shiprock, New Mexico, to 30-months imprisonment based on his conviction for failing to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). After serving his prison term, Scott will be on supervised release for a term of ten years. Scott has been in custody since his arrest on May 21, 2010.

SORNA, also known as the Adam Walsh Protection and Safety Act, requires that convicted sex offenders register in each jurisdiction where the offender resides, where the offender is employed, or where the offender is a student, and that the sex offender maintain current registrations. In an April 23, 2010 criminal complaint, the United States Marshals Service alleged that Scott was in violation of his SORNA registration requirements for the third time. The complaint alleged that Scott was required to register as a sex offender because he had been convicted of aggravated sexual assault in 1993 and sentenced to a 48-month federal prison term.

After serving his prison term on the aggravated sexual assault conviction, Scott registered as a sex offender in New Mexico in August 2000 and was required to register annually thereafter. The complaint alleged that Scott was convicted of his first SORNA violation in June 2001 and was sentenced to an 18-month federal prison term by the United States District Court. It further alleges that Scott was convicted of a second SORNA violation in December 2003 and was sentenced to an 18-month state prison term by the 11th Judicial District Court for the State of New Mexico. According to the complaint, Scott committed a third SORNA violation by failing to comply with his registration requirements since January 2008.

Scott was indicted for failing to comply with his SORNA registration requirements on May 26, 2010. On September 8, 2010, Scott entered a guilty plea to his third SORNA violation. In his plea agreement, Scott admitted that he is required to register as a sex offender under SORNA and that he knowingly failed to comply with his registration requirements.

Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney Glynette Carson-McNabb prosecuted this case, which was investigated by the United States Marshals Service.

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