Sex Offender Admits Failing to Register
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Lawrence County, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of failure to register as a sex offender, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
James Andrew Williams, 45, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that between Dec. 1, 2009, until March 2, 2010, Williams failed to register as a sex offender, as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
Judge Diamond scheduled sentencing for Feb. 27, 2013, at 10 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $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 Jessica Lieber Smolar is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The United States Marshals Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Williams.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."