Pittsburgh Man Admits Failing To Register As A Convicted Sex Offender
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - J.C. Youngblood, Jr., a resident of Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of failing to register as a convicted sex offender, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
Youngblood, 50, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Youngblood was required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act after having been convicted in 2007 in Whitfield County, Georgia, of the felony sex offense of Sexual Exploitation of Children. Youngblood traveled in interstate commerce between March 2009 and June 25, 2010, and knowingly failed to register and update a registration, as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for Jan. 27, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. 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 is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.
The United States Marshals Service, the Penn Hills Police Department, the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, the Allegheny County Police Department, the Whitfield County (Georgia) Sheriff's Office, and the Whitfield County (Georgia) District Attorney's Office conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Youngblood.