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HUNTINGTON MAN SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – James G. Propes, Jr., also known as “Tommy E. Clemons,” 29, of Huntington, West Virginia was sentenced today to 18 months in prison by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers for failure to register as a sex offender.  Upon release from prison, Propes will be on supervised release for three years.  Propes previously pleaded guilty in December of 2011.

On November 1, 2000, Propes was convicted in Michigan of felony sexual conduct with intent to commit sexual penetration.  As a result of his conviction, Propes was required to register as a sex offender for life.  Propes was subsequently released from prison and on September 12, 2007, registered as a sex offender in the state of Michigan.   

An investigation conducted by the United States Marshals Service in the Southern District of West Virginia revealed that Propes subsequently traveled in interstate commerce to Huntington, West Virginia, where he resided from February 5, 2011, through April 5, 2011.  The investigation further revealed that Propes used a false name while residing in Huntington, and failed to register as required by law.  Propes was eventually arrested by the United States Marshals Service and admitted to knowing that he was required to register as a sex offender.        

The United States Marshal Service and the Cabell County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Johnston handled the prosecution. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.  For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

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