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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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

June 22, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two Indicted for Failure to Update Registration
Under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — Two individuals were named in separate Indictments returned on June 21, 2011, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Elkins, West Virginia.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:

MICHAEL BARR, age 42, formerly of Wilmington, Delaware, was named in a one-count Indictment. The Indictment alleges that BARR, who was required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, traveled in interstate commerce from September 3, 2010, to September 29, 2010, in Harrison and Monongalia counties, and failed to update his registration.

CARDELL D. COVINGTON, age 29, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, was named in a one-count Indictment. The Indictment alleges that COVINGTON, who was required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, traveled in interstate commerce from February 2011 to June 6, 2011, in Harrison County, and failed to update his registration.

If convicted, the defendants each face a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

United States Marshal Gary Gaskins stated, “I look forward to working with the United States Attorney’s Office to ensure that sex offenders who are required to register and update their registration under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act do just that. The Marshal Service will continue to make it a priority to track down offenders and work with our law enforcement partners to keep children safe throughout the Northern District of West Virginia.”

The cases will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner. The cases were investigated by the United States Marshal Service.

It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictments are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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