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Federal Jury Convicts Garden Valley Man for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

December 5, 2012

BOISE – A federal jury in Boise today found William N. Brockbrader, 40, of Garden Valley, Idaho, guilty of failure to register as a sex offender, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

During the three-day trial, the jury heard evidence that Brockbrader, in 1998, was convicted of three sexual offenses against a minor while serving in the United States Navy. After serving three years of incarceration, Brockbrader was released on parole in Utah in 2001. Although Brockbrader initially registered as a sex offender in Utah, he failed to update his registration status when he moved to Nevada in early 2009. Brockbrader was arrested during a traffic stop in Nevada in April 2011, and it was determined that he was a sex offender who had failed to register. He completed his registration under protest while he was in jail and was released. Brockbrader left Nevada in early 2012 and moved to Garden Valley. According to trial evidence, Brockbrader was non-compliant with his Nevada registration requirements at the time he left the state and failed to notify Nevada or Utah authorities that he had moved to Idaho. Brockbrader failed to register in Idaho. He was arrested on May 15, 2012, by deputy United States Marshals.

Failure to register as a sex offender is punishable by up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a minimum of five years up to lifetime supervised release.

Brockbrader is set for sentencing on February 25, 2013, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.

The case was investigated by the Sex Offender Watch Task Force in Southern Idaho and the United States Marshals Service, with assistance by the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Nevada Attorney General’s Office, and the Utah Sex Offender Registry.

Olson commended Special Assistant United States Attorney Casey Hemmer, the Sex Offender Watch Task Force attorney from the Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office, and Assistant United States Attorney Jim Peters, who prosecuted the case, and the United States Marshal’s Service for their continuing efforts to monitor non-compliant sex offenders in Idaho.

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, visit For more information about internet safety education, visit and click on the tab “resources.” For more information about registered sex offenders in Idaho, visit