Florence Man Pleads Guilty on Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000
Columbia, South Carolina -----United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Whitney Daniel, age 48, of Florence, South Carolina, pled guilty in federal court in Florence, to failure to register as a sex offender, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341. 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 Daniel was convicted in 2003 of Oral Copulation with a Minor, and was required to register as a sex offender. Daniel last registered in California in 2009, and had signed numerous forms and updates between 2004 and 2009, acknowledging that he was required to register as a sex offender. Investigation revealed that Daniel had been in South Carolina since approximately August 2011, but had failed to register in South Carolina or notify California of his new address.
Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty Daniel can receive is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment for 10 years, plus a special assessment of $100.00, and could be ordered to be under supervised release for life.
The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Labor OIG and South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce. Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence office handled the case.