U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that David George Flute, III, age 21, of Ft. Thompson, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on September 7, 2011, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged him with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years' imprisonment.
David George Flute, III, has previously been convicted of a sex offense that requires him to register as a sex offender. Flute signed paperwork acknowledging his duty to register as a sex offender seven times, the last time being February 7, 2011. On May 6, 2011, Flute absconded and failed to change and update his sex offender registration as required.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshal Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for November 28, 2011. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.