Former California Resident Sentenced for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender
Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a former California resident was sentenced in federal court in Juneau for failing to register as a sex offender.
Jeremy Robert Reef, 39, a former resident of California, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Timothy M. Burgess to five years of probation with the condition that he immediately registers upon release. Reef has been in custody since his arrest on July 1, 2014.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack S. Schmidt, who prosecuted the case, stated that Reef was convicted of a misdemeanor sex offense in California in 2001. Reef was required to register for a period of 15 years as a result of the conviction. Reef previously failed to register on two occasions in California and was convicted for those offenses in 2008. Reef subsequently moved to Reno, Nevada in 2009, however, that was the last time he registered. In November 2013, Reef travelled to Alaska and failed to register with local authorities. Reef was contacted by local authorities in April 2014 and was advised of his responsibility to register. Reef again failed to register, which lead to his indictment and arrest in this case.
Judge Burgess noted the seriousness of the crime and that the sentence imposed should deter others from failing to register in the future.This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshal Service.