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Washington Man Pleads Guilty to Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

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January 10, 2012

BOISE – Perry Lee Lewis, 34, of Kalama, Washington, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court in Boise, for failing to register as a sex offender, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

According to the plea agreement, Lewis was sentenced in 2002 in Washington state to 111 months in prison after being convicted of second degree rape. Lewis' sentence required him to register as a sex offender. Lewis was later convicted for failing to register as a sex offender in Cowlitz County, Washington, in 2009. Upon his release from prison in 2010, authorities advised him in writing of his responsibility to register as a sex offender, including his duty to register should he move to another state. Last August, Lewis was apprehended inside a relative's home in Nampa where he had been living since May 2011. Investigators learned that Lewis had failed to register as a sex offender in Idaho, had absconded his community supervision, and had not updated his residency with authorities in Washington state.

The charge of failure to register as sex offender carries a maximum punishment of up to ten years in prison, a fine up to $250,000, and a minimum term of five years to lifetime supervised release.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 3, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge in Boise.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Nampa Police Department.

Lewis was prosecuted for a violation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) passed by Congress in 2006. The Act requires sex offenders to register and keep their registration current in each jurisdiction where they reside, are employed or are students. Violations of SORNA can be prosecuted in federal court.

The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006, by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.