FEDERAL GRAND JURY INDICTS MAN RESIDING IN BIG SPRING, TEXAS, FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER
LUBBOCK, Texas — A federal grand jury in Lubbock returned an indictment late yesterday charging Douglas W. Arnold, Jr., with one count of failing to register as a sex offender, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Arnold has been in custody since his arrest by the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) late last month.
According to documents filed in the case, Arnold traveled from Sikeston, Missouri, to Big Spring, Texas, in November 2010. Arnold had been convicted in Delaware on sex offenses in 1994 and again in 2000. In addition to incarceration, as part of each conviction’s sentence, Arnold was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with any child under age 16, including his own children, and to register as a sex offender for life, three times per year. As required, Arnold registered upon his release from prison until he failed to verify his information and register in September 2010 and again on or before December 2010. In addition, Arnold left Delaware without advising law enforcement authorities, as required.
When the USMS located and apprehended Arnold, he was residing in Big Spring with his fiancé, another couple and their three-year-old daughter.
An indictment is an accusation by a federal grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty. However, if convicted, Arnold faces a maximum statutory sentence of ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. 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 http://www.justice.gov/psc.
The case was investigated by the USMS, the Delaware State Police, and the Big Spring Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lubbock, Texas.
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