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HUNTINGTON MAN SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR FAILING TO UPDATE HIS SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a Huntington man was sentenced to two years and three months in federal prison for failing to update his sex offender registration under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.  Rodney B. Brewer, Jr., 29, previously pleaded guilty in July. 

On August 12, 2008, Brewer was convicted in New Hanover Superior Court in North Carolina of taking indecent liberties with a child.  As a result of his sex offense conviction, Brewer was required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.  On November 17, 2008, Brewer registered as a sex offender in the state of North Carolina.   

An investigation conducted by the United States Marshals Service in the Southern District of West Virginia revealed that Brewer traveled in interstate commerce in June 2011 from North Carolina to Huntington, West Virginia, where he resided from June 2011 through April 3, 2012.  The investigation further revealed that Brewer resided in West Virginia from June 2011 through April 3, 2012, but failed to register as a sex offender as required by law.  On April 3, 2012, Brewer was arrested in Huntington by the United States Marshals Service.  Brewer admitted to knowing that he was required to register as a sex offender.       

The United States Marshals Service and the Cabell County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Johnston handled the prosecution.  The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

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 http://www.justice.gov/usao/wvs/PSCpage.html. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and follow the link named “Resources.”

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