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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Former Waterbury Resident Sentenced to Prison for Violating Sex Offender Registration Laws

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ISMAEL SANCHEZ COLON, 44, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 10 months of imprisonment, three months of home confinement and five years of supervised release, for violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

According to court documents and statements made in court, in December 2001, Sanchez Colon was convicted in the State of Wisconsin of the felony offense of causing a child between the ages of 13 and 18 to view sexual activity, and he was subsequently ordered to comply with sex offender registration requirements for a period of 15 years after completion of a five-year term of probation.

In March 2009, Sanchez Colon advised the State of Wisconsin that he had moved to Puerto Rico.

Sanchez Colon began residing in Connecticut in approximately April 2016, based on evidence that he obtained food stamps and Husky healthcare benefits at that time, and did not register as a sex offender in this state, as required by law.  He subsequently began working at a restaurant in Waterbury, and he obtained a Connecticut driver’s license.  Between April 2016 and March 2018, Sanchez Colon was registered in Puerto Rico, and he traveled to Puerto Rico to update his registration.  At no time did Sanchez Colon advise Wisconsin and Puerto Rico of his Connecticut residence.

Sanchez Colon’s non-compliance with sex offender registration requirements in Connecticut was discovered when he used his Waterbury address in the process of renewing his U.S. passport. 

Sanchez Colon has been detained since his arrest on April 12, 2018.  On September 5, 2018, he pleaded guilty to the SORNA violation.

Sanchez Colon has two previous convictions for SORNA violations, and he has a SORNA charge pending in Colorado.

Sanchez Colon will reside in Puerto Rico when he is released from prison.

This matter was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Slater.

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Updated February 6, 2019