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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2012

Jefferson County Man Guilty of Failing to Register as Sex Offender

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 27-year-old Beaumont man has pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
 
Bernard Vertral Jackson pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin.

According to information presented in court, from Jan. 31, 2011 to Apr. 20, 2011, Jackson resided at a trailer park in Beaumont.  Jackson had previously been convicted of sodomy  in 2001, in San Bernardino, California, making him a sex offender and requiring that he register as such.  Jackson knew he was required to register as a sex offender when he move to Beaumont, but failed to do so.  He was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 7, 2011.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Jackson faces up to 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.

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