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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Betsy C. Jividen
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist

 

June 24, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Former Kearneysville Resident Entered Guilty Plea
to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 43 year old former Kearneysville, West Virginia, resident, entered a plea of guilty on May 26, 2010, in United States District Court in Martinsburg before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.

United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that MICHAEL EUGENE WASHINGTON entered a plea of guilty 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, who is currently in custody, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

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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