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Washington Man Sentenced for Failing to Register as Sex Offender

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2012

BOISE – Liberty Paul Boskovich, 36, of Kennewick, Washington, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Boise to 12 months plus one day in prison for failing to register as a sex offender in Idaho, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Boskovich to be on supervised release for five years after he is released from custody.

According to the plea agreement, Boskovich was convicted in 2001 of indecent liberties with a minor in Benton County, Washington. His sentence for that offense required him to register as a sex offender. Boskovich registered as a sex offender in Washington, but failed to renew that registration when he moved to Idaho in February 2012. He resided at two different locations in Payette before being arrested. Boskovich has a previous conviction in the state of Washington in 2007 for the same offense, according to court records.

In sentencing Boskovich below the advisory sentencing guideline range, Judge Winmill noted the defendant’s traumatic and abusive upbringing, and his history of mental health problems that were exacerbated when his insurance ran out in late 2011 and he went off his medications.

The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service and the Idaho Sex offender Watch Task Force.

The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), which was passed by Congress in 2006, 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.”