ST. CROIX MAN ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER
St. Thomas, USVI – Christopher Mitchell, 45, of St. Croix was arrested today by the United States Marshals Service after being indicted by a federal grand jury for failing to register as a sex offender announced United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe. Mitchell appeared today in United States District Court in St. Croix before U.S. Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon and was released on conditions.
According to court documents, Mitchell was convicted in 1998 of a sex offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 2006, a person convicted of a sex offense is required to register with local authorities as a sex offender. The failure to do so is a crime under federal law. The indictment charging Mitchell alleges that he failed to register as a sex offender as required by the law.
If convicted of this offense, Mitchell faces up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000. The public is reminded that an indictment is only a charging document and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Everard E. Potter.