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William J. Ihlenfeld, II

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May 18, 2011


Jackson, Michigan, Resident Entered Guilty Plea
in West Virginia for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

May is the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Childhood” Month

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 32 year old Jackson, Michigan, resident entered a plea of guilty on May 16, 2011, in United States District Court in Clarksburg before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that ZACKARY SCOTT WATKINS 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. From July 2010 to September 16, 2010, WATKINS failed to update his registration while in Clarksburg, West Virginia, as required by law. WATKINS is in federal custody. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner and was investigated by the United States Marshal Service.

May is the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Month, aimed at bringing awareness to and preventing crimes that exploit children. “It is our responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us and those who cannot speak out or stand up for themselves,” states USA Ihlenfeld. “This is just one example of the many cases we prosecute each year in order to make sure that sex offenders comply with their obligation to register.”

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