Concho County Resident Faces Up to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender
LUBBOCK, Texas — Gary Edward Larock, Jr., 35, most recently a resident of Eden, Texas, pleaded guilty today, before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings, to an indictment charging one count of failure to register as a sex offender. Larock, who has been in custody since his arrest in June 2013 on a related criminal complaint, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. Judge Cummings ordered a presentence investigation report with a sentencing date to be set after the completion of that report. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
In August 2005, Larock was convicted in New York of third-degree rape, a felony. He was notified that based on that conviction, he was required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. Larock left New York and traveled to California, where, in December 2012, he was arrested by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding warrant from New York for failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements in that state. He was released from jail in California in early February 2013 and traveled to Eden, Texas, where he gained employment. Larock failed to register as a sex offender while living and working in Eden, Texas.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ and click on the tab “resources.”
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service, the Concho County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy is in charge of the prosecution.
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