United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Arizona man charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender was sentenced on October 3, 2011, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Michael Baca, age 33, was sentenced to 18 months in custody, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.
Baca was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 10, 2011. Baca was previously convicted of a sex offense that required him to register as a sex offender. From about June 21, 2010, until May 10, 2011, Baca lived and resided at Eagle Butte on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota. During this time frame, even though Baca knew he needed to register his new address in Eagle Butte under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, he knowingly failed to do so. Baca pled guilty to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender on July 7, 2011.
This case was investigated by the United States Marshal’s Service. Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson prosecuted the case.
Baca was immediately turned over to the custody of the United States Marshal to begin serving his sentence.