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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Department of Justice

United States Attorney James R. Dedrick Eastern District of Tennessee


[GREENEVILLE, Tenn] Robert Edward Howland, 37, of Olympia, Washington, was sentenced to serve 41 months in prison and lifetime supervised release, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, United States District Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee at Greeneville. Judge Greer also imposed a $100 special assessment. The sentence was the result of Howland’s guilty plea on April 20, 2009, to a federal information charging him with violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

Howland became a registered sex offender after he kidnapped two teenagers and raped one of them in Olympia, Washington, in 1998. He was released from the Washington Department of Corrections on January 17, 2009, with instructions to report to a community-based probation officer to complete 24 months of supervised release. On the same date of his release from Washington prison, Howland traveled by bus from Olympia, Washington, to Sullivan County, Tennessee. Tennessee law enforcement authorities had previously denied Howland’s request to be supervised by Tennessee authorities. Federal authorities obtained a complaint and warrant for his arrest and arrested him hiding in the home of a friend on March 27, 2009. Howland has remained in federal custody since his arrest.

The United States Marshals Service, Thurston County, Washington Prosecuting Attorney, Washington State Department of Corrections, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, and Second Judicial District Drug Task Force were all involved in the investigation and subsequent indictment, conviction and sentencing of Howland. Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Smith represented the United States.

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