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Vermont Sex Offender Sentenced for Not Registering in East Texas
TYLER, Texas – A 60-year-old Vermont man has been sentenced to federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Raymond Leo Lemaire, Jr., pleaded guilty on Sep. 7, 2011, to failure to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.
According to information presented in court, in June 2010, Lemaire moved to Whitehouse, Texas, after having been previously convicted in 2004 in Vermont of the felony offense of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor. Lemaire failed to register as a sex offender, as required, upon his move to Texas. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 13, 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.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.