July 10, 2009
MONTGOMERY CO. MAN CHARGED WITH FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER
(HOUSTON) - Jeffery Sharr Horton, 37, of Magnolia, Texas, has been charged with failing to register as a sex offender, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Horton was arrested June 26, 2009, in Katy, Texas, after a criminal complaint was filed in this case.
United States Magistrate Judge Mary Milloy has ordered Horton released him on $100,000 dollar bond with two co-sureties and $5000 to be deposited with the court and further ordered Horton to return to Michigan to live with his parents. Horton will have a GPS monitor and be supervised by pre-trial services there. He is only allowed to travel within a three-county radius for work and to only return to Houston for court proceedings.
Testimony during the hearing revealed that on Dec. 14, 1998, Horton was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in Oakland County, Mich. He was then required to register as a sex offender. On May 7, 2009, deputies with the United States Marshals Service (USMS) began an investigation into the whereabouts of Horton after Michigan authorities received a tip that Horton was living in the Houston area. During the investigation, it was determined that Horton was residing in Magnolia, where deputies conducted surveillance and confirmed that Horton was living at the address.
According to allegations in the complaint, a sex offender registration check was conducted in both Harris and Montgomery Counties. No record was found establishing that Horton had registered as a sex offender in either county.
If convicted of failing to register as a sex offender, Horton faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Horton also faces a maximum of life on supervised release.
The federal charges brought against Horton are the result of an investigation conducted by the Houston office of the USMS and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri Zack.
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