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Former Sex Offender Sentenced 63 Months for Failing to Register

August 27, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Robert John Bruffy, 38, was sentenced today to 63 months in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, for failing to register as a sex offender.

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and John Hackman, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.

            According to court records, on or about April 24, 2001, Bruffy was convicted in Anne Arundel County, Md., of fondling and performing oral sex on a 12-year-old male. As a result of this conviction, Bruffy was required by law to register as a sex offender.  On Jan. 13, 2009, Bruffy filed a Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sexual Predator/Offender Registration Form, providing notice that he would be permanently leaving Florida to establish a residence in another state. Bruffy further provided notice that he intended to relocate to Edge Water, Md., with no fixed address, as he would be transient. He did not submit any other registration forms or update his registration information in Florida since that time.

            Despite informing Florida authorities that he was moving to Maryland, Bruffy moved directly to Virginia, where he later sexually assaulted his roommate. After that incident, he slept and lived in his car at various locations in the metro-D.C. area until his was arrested on Feb. 15, 2009. From the time he left Florida until his arrest, he did not update his registration as a sex offender in Virginia or Maryland.

            According to court records, Bruffy was convicted nine times between 1994 and 2009 and was found to violate probation on four occasions. He also has an outstanding warrant for his arrest in both Maryland and Florida.           

            This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant United States Attorney Tracy Dougherty McCormick and Special Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey Zeeman prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on



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