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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Department of Justice

United States Attorney James R. Dedrick Eastern District of Tennessee


Sullivan County Resident Violated Adam Walsh Act

[GREENEVILLE, Tenn] Larry Keith Huddle, 40, of Kingsport, Tenn, was sentenced to 37 months in prison and fifteen years on supervised release in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Greeneville, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, United States District Judge. The sentence was the result of a guilty plea by Huddle on August 24, 2009, to a federal grand jury indictment charging him with traveling in interstate commerce without registering as a sex offender.

The indictment and subsequent conviction of Larry Keith Huddle was the result of an investigation conducted by the United States Marshals Service as part of its Operation Falcon fugitive recovery project. The Marshals Service worked with the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole to arrest Huddle, who removed a GPS electronic monitoring device from his body in June 2008, and absconded to Summerville, South Carolina. Huddle was convicted in 1998 of attempted aggravated sexual battery and is a Violent Sex Offender under Tennessee law. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Smith represented the United States.

United States Attorney James R. Russ Dedrick noted that this case was brought as part of a nationwide initiative to combat the problem of unregistered sex offender travel across state lines. Congress enacted the Adam Walsh Act in 2006 and it allows federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who deprive communities needed for protection.

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