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August 20, 2010

Former Kearneysville Resident Sentenced on Charge of
Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 44 year old Kearneysville,, West Virginia, resident was sentenced on August 18, 2010, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced that MICHAEL EUGENE WASHINGTON was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment to be followed by 50 years of supervised release. WASHINGTON entered a plea of guilty on May 26, 2010, to one count of an Indictment charging him with failure to register as a sex offender as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. WASHINGTON was previously convicted in 2000 of 2nd degree sexual abuse and was required to register as a sex offender for 10 years following his conviction. The investigation led agents to Connecticut, where WASHINGTON was discovered in March 2010. WASHINGTON had been residing in Connecticut for approximately 18 months prior and had also failed to register as a sex offender in that state as well. WASHINGTON was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.

This was the first prosecution/conviction under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act in the Northern District of West Virginia.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin K. Reisenweber. The case was investigated by the United States Marshal Service.

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