U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
October 16, 2012
Convicted Sex Offender Pleads Guilty to Failing to Register
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Denny Mendoza, 38, formerly of Providence, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence 0n Monday to failing to register as a sex offender, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and United States Marshal Jamie A. Hainsworth. Mendoza was charged with violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
SORNA provides a comprehensive set of federal standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States through the nationwide network of sex offender registration and notification programs. Additionally, SORNA requires registered sex offenders to register and keep their registration current in each jurisdiction in which they reside, work, or go to school, and to make periodic in-person appearances to verify and update their registration information.
According to information presented to the court, Mendoza, who registered as a sex offender in September 2010 while living in Providence, failed to notify authorities when he moved to locations in Fall River and Chelsea, Mass., beginning in May 2011.
Mendoza was arrested on November 8, 2011, in Chelsea, Mass., by members of the U.S. Marshals led Sex Offender Task Force (SOLEMN) and Chelsea detectives.
Mendoza is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith on January 24, 2013.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Rose.