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Duquesne Resident Charged With Failing To Register As A Convicted Sex Offender

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Blake Brown, Jr. has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for failing to register as a convicted sex offender, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named Brown, 26, of Duquesne, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Brown was required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act after having been convicted in 2003 in Highlands County, Fla., of the felony sex offense of Lewd Molestation. The indictment states that between Oct. 20, 2010, and March 25, 2011, Brown traveled in interstate commerce and knowingly failed to register and update a registration, as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Amy L. Johnston is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The United States Marshals Service conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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