Three men indicted on federal sex offender registration charges
The United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced today the indictment of three individuals in separate cases for failing to properly register in Pennsylvania as Sex Offenders. Douglas L. Lockwood, 29, Dauphin County; Gregory Michael Colt, 32, Dauphin County; and William W. Randall, 41, York County, were charged in separate indictments handed up by the Grand Jury sitting in Harrisburg Wednesday.
United States Attorney Peter J. Smith stated that Lockwood, Colt, and Randall each are charged with allegedly knowing failure to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
They each have convictions that require their registration and updates under that law. Lockwood was convicted in New York, Colt was convicted in Arkansas, and Randall was convicted in South Carolina, Smith said. Each of the defendants were found living in Pennsylvania without registering as required by law.
The charges stem from investigations conducted by the United States Marshals Service. If convicted, each man faces up to 10 years in prison; a fine of $250,000; and supervised release of at least 5 years up to life.
The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, commonly known as SORNA, is Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. SORNA provides a comprehensive set of minimum standards for mandatory sex offender registration and notification, and also requires updates when the registrant moves.
The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James T. Clancy.
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