U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
April 5, 2013
Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to Federal Prison for Failure to Register
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Denny Mendoza, 38, formerly of Providence, was sentenced today to 18 months in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and United States Marshal Jamie A. Hainsworth.
At sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. also ordered Mendoza to serve 10 years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term. Mendoza pleaded guilty in October 2012 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 a 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 had 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.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Rose.