Feb. 9, 2009
SEX OFFENDER SENT TO PRISON
(HOUSTON) - Shawn Michael Feugate, 27, of Matagorda County, has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Feugate was also placed on supervised release for five years.
U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt handed down the prison sentence at a hearing held this morning in federal court in Houston. Feugate pleaded guilty to federal felony charge of failing to register as a sex offender Aug. 4, 2008. At that hearing, the United States proved that on Feb. 1, 2008, Feugate was convicted of fondling a child for lustful purposes in Mississippi and received a sentence of five years probation which included a condition that he register as a sex offender with law enforcement authorities and to report to his probation officer. On the form acknowledging his understanding of the conditions of his probation, Feugate listed a Mississippi address as his residence. However, law enforcement officers learned from the homeowner at that address that she didn’t know Feugate and had never given him permission to live with her. Feugate also failed to report to his probation officer as ordered. Feugate had left the state of Mississippi and moved to Van Vleck, Texas, in Matagorda County where his father lives.
The United States Marshals Service and deputies of the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department found the defendant working at a car lot in Bay City and arrested him on Mississippi state charges. Feugate told the deputies and the court that he moved to Texas on Feb. 6, 2008, to help his father.
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, 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.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Stabe.
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