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Oct. 26, 2010


(HOUSTON) – A Michigan man required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) has been indicted in this district for failing to register after moving to Texas, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno and acting U.S. Marshal Elizabeth Saenz announced today.

Robert Earl Johnson, 44, was arrested last evening by deputy U.S. Marshals as a result of their investigation which lead to the return under seal of an indictment on Oct. 21, 2010, for failing to register as a sex offender. The indictment was unsealed during Johnson’s initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen W. Smith who, at the request of the United States, has ordered Johnson to remain in federal custody pending a hearing on the government’s motion to hold him in custody without bond pending trial on the charge. That hearing is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 29.

“Deputy U.S. Marshals are fully committed to the enforcement of the of the Adam Walsh Act and will relentlessly pursue those who prey upon our communities innocent child victims,” said Saenz.

In July 2006, Congress established the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act to protect the public from sex offenders and offenders against children and in response to the vicious attacks by violent predators. The charge against Johnson is brought under SORNA, a sub-chapter of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which requires persons previously convicted of certain sexual offenses to register and keep current, in each jurisdiction where he resides, or is employed or where he is a student.    

If convicted of the offense charge, Johnson faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Any prison sentence will be followed by at least five years and potentially up to a life-term of supervised release.

This case is being prosecuted by AUSA Sherri L. Zack.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.  

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