FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 2, 2012
FOUR INDICTED BY FEDERAL GRAND JURY FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin and United States Marshal John Foster announced today that four individuals were indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Huntington for failure to register as a sex offender. Rodney Bernard Brewer, Jr., 29 of Huntington, Tammy L. Payton, 43, of Crum, Jon Graham Shilts, 47, of Beaver, and Ronald Scott Dailey, 50, of Charleston, were each charged in connection with failing to register as sex offenders.
The President signed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 on July 27, 2006. The provisions, which became effective on that date, included the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). SORNA established a comprehensive national system for the registration of sex offenders and requires anyone convicted of specified crimes to register with the national sex offender registry. SORNA makes it a federal felony crime for sex offenders to fail to register, or to travel, in violation of SORNA.
“Nothing matters more to me than keeping our children safe,” said Goodwin. “I say that not just as U.S. Attorney, but as a father. These charges represent the first wave in our effort to send a clear message to offenders who thumb their nose at SORNA’s requirements.”
“Enforcement of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act is a key priority for United States Marshal Service and for me personally,” said Foster. “We will continue to aggressively investigate these cases and see that the offenders are brought to justice.”
According to an indictment filed today, in June 2011, Rodney Bernard Brewer allegedly traveled in interstate commerce to West Virginia and resided in Huntington, Cabell County, W.Va. Following his travel to West Virginia, Brewer was required to update his sex offender registration under SORNA due to an August 12, 2008, taking indecent liberties with a child conviction in New Hanover Superior Court, North Carolina. It is alleged that from June 2011, through April 2, 2012, Brewer knowingly failed to update his registration in Cabell County, West Virginia as required by the Act.
According to a separate indictment filed today, between July 2007 and August 2007, Tammy L. Payton allegedly traveled in interstate commerce to West Virginia and resided in Crum, Wayne County, W.Va. Following her travel to West Virginia, Payton was required to update her sex offender registration under SORNA as a result of a July 2001, complicity to rape conviction in the Court of Common Pleas, Lawrence County, Ohio. It is alleged that from July 2007, through April 17, 2012, Brewer knowingly failed to update her registration in Wayne County, W.Va. as required by the Act.
Information contained in yet another indictment filed today alleges that on December 16, 2011, Jon Graham Shilts traveled in interstate commerce from Wisconsin to Beaver, W.Va. Following his travel to West Virginia, Shilts was required to update his sex offender registration under SORNA as a result of his June 12, 1991 sexual abuse in the first degree conviction in Coos County, Oregon. It is alleged that in approximately late December 2011, Shilts knowingly failed to update his registration in Raleigh County, West Virginia as required by the Act.
An additional indictment filed today also alleges that at some time between September 1, 2009 and November 30, 2009, Ronald Scott Dailey traveled in interstate commerce to West Virginia and resided in Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va. Following his travel to West Virginia, Dailey was required to update his sex offender registration under SORNA as a result of his June 24, 2009 lewd and lascivious conduct conviction in Washington County, Superior Court in Vermont. It is alleged that from November 30, 2009, through December 13, 2011, Dailey knowingly failed to update his registration in Kanawha County, West Virginia as required by the Act.
Each defendant faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The United States Marshals Service conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Lisa Johnston and Larry Ellis are in charge of the prosecutions.
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 aboutProject 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."
Please Note: The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Click here to listen to an audio clip from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin regarding the indictments