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Unregisterd Sex Offender Receives 37 Month Sentence

May 7, 2012

Memphis, TN – Rashan Doyle, 30, formally of Buffalo, New York, was sentenced on Thursday, May 3, 2012, to 37 months in prison by Chief District Judge Jon P. McCalla for failing to register as a sex offender, announced Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

Rashan Doyle was convicted of attempted sexual abuse in the first degree in Buffalo, New York, in 2009, and under both state and federal law, is required to register as a sex offender. The national Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) requires individuals who have been convicted of certain crimes to register the addresses where they live, work, and attend school, and regularly update and verify that information. Traveling interstate and subsequently failing to register is a federal offense under Title 18, United States Code, Section 2250.

Doyle left New York to avoid having to register, and arrived in Memphis in or around March 2011. Doyle did register with the state of Tennessee in April 2011, but he used an alias, "Shannon Davis," and provided a fake address. Doyle was apprehended by the United States Marshal's Sex Offender Investigations Branch in October 2011, and charged with violating federal sex offender registration requirements.

Doyle used several aliases while in Memphis and absconding from registration, including "Shannon Davis," "Robert Carter," and "Wayne Warner." The victim in Doyle's underlying sex offense was an eleven year-old female.

Doyle was sentenced to serve 37 months in federal custody, followed by a term of ten years' supervised release. While under supervision, Doyle will have to attend sex offender counseling, comply with registration requirements, participate in third-party risk notification, and pay a fine of $3,000.

Senior Inspector Don Hankinson of the U.S. Marshal's Service investigated this case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Debra Ireland.

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