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Washington Man Sentenced for Failing to Register as Sex Offender

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June 25, 2012

BOISE – Perry Lee Lewis, 35, of Kalama, Washington, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Boise for failing to register as a sex offender, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge sentenced Lewis to 24 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release and 80 hours of community service. He pleaded guilty to the charge on January 10, 2012.

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 in Cowlitz County, Washington, in 2009. Upon his release from prison in 2010, authorities advised Lewis in writing of his responsibility to register as a sex offender, including his duty to register should he move to another state. In August 2011, 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, according to the Central Sex Offender Registry, Idaho State Police; had absconded his community supervision; and had not updated his residency with authorities in Washington State.

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

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.

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.”