Abilene Resident Sentenced to Nearly Four Years in Federal Prison for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender
ABILENE, Texas — Robert Jade Lopez-Parker, 40, most recently a resident of Abilene, Texas, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to 46 months in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
A federal jury in Abilene convicted Lopez-Parker in January 2013 on a one-count indictment charging that he failed to register as a sex offender.
The U.S. Marshals Service received information that Lopez-Parker, a sex offender from Washington and Oregon, was living in Abilene. He was arrested on July 6, 2012, on a warrant out of Scurry County, Texas, and has been in custody since that time.
According to evidence presented at trial, Lopez-Parker lived in the Abilene area at least three months prior to his arrest, and he never registered in Texas as a sex offender, as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. He was required to register as a sex offender because he had been convicted of a sex offense, Child Molestation in the Third Degree in Clark County Washington, for which he was sentenced on January 8, 2002. He last registered in Oregon on January 30, 2012.
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 case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Abilene Police Department, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, the Callahan County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy and Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Williams prosecuted.
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