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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Central District of Illinois

Friday, April 12, 2019

Alleged Non-compliant Sex Offenders Indicted on Charges of Failure to Register; Update Registration

URBANA, Ill. – Two east central Illinois men have trial dates set after indictments were returned by the grand jury charging them in separate, unrelated cases with violation of the Sex Offender Notification and Registration Act (SORNA.)

Dallas Eugene Clement, 57, of Westlake, La., but living on the 1800 block of Lafayette St. in Mattoon, Ill. and Matthew R. Poulin, 33, of the 600 block of W. Healey Street in Champaign, Ill. were each charged with failure to update their respective sex offender registration.

A trial date of  June 10, 2019 has been scheduled for Clement, who appeared in federal court today for arraignment. The indictment charging Clement alleges that from Dec. 1, 2018 through March 2, 2019, Clement, a convicted sex offender from the State of Louisiana, failed to update his registration. Clement was arrested on March 4, 2019, and charged in a criminal complaint. The affidavit filed in support of the complaint alleges that Clement had not updated his registration for two years and was traveling as a carnival worker. During a court appearance on March 11, 2019, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric I. Long, in Urbana, Clement waived detention hearing and was ordered to remain detained in U.S. Marshals Service custody.

A trial date of June 3, 2019, has been scheduled for Poulin, who appeared for arraignment on April 4, 2019. The indictment charging Poulin alleges that from Dec. 10, 2018 through January 11, 2019, Poulin, a convicted federal sex offender, failed to register and update his registration. Poulin was arrested on April 2, 2019. Poulin was ordered to remain detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. 

If convicted, the statutory penalty for the offense of failure to register is up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly M. Peirson and are the result of investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service. The Springfield Police Department assisted in the investigation of Poulin.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; each defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated April 12, 2019