Myrtle Beach Man Pleads Guilty to Failing to Register as a Sex Offender
Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000
Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated that Ronald Shane Johnson, age 35, of Myrtle Beach, SC, pled guilty in federal court in Florence, to failure to register as a sex offender, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2250(a). United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell of Florence accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Johnson was convicted on August 19, 2009, of solicitation of a minor in Tennessee. As a result of the conviction, Johnson was required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. After Johnson was released from custody, he signed Tennessee sex offender registration/verification/tracking forms indicating that he understood his responsibility to register as a sex offender. Johnson moved from Tennessee to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, without notifying Tennessee that he was moving and he failed to register once he arrived in South Carolina, and lived there until he was arrested on January 23, 2013.
Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty Johnson can receive is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment for 10 years, plus a special assessment of $100.00.
The case was investigated by agents of the United States Marshals Service. Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence office handled the case.