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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Alabama Man Living In Metairie, James W. Henley, Pleads Guilty For Failure To Register As Sex Offender

JAMES W. HENLEY, age 45, a resident of Metairie, Louisiana, plead guilty today to an indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for failure to register as a sex offender, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

HENLEY faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a fine of $250,000 and up to three (3) years of supervised release.  Sentencing is scheduled for October 9, 2013 before U.S. District Court Judge Martin L. C. Feldman.

According to documents filed in federal court, in 1995, HENLEY pled guilty to Rape in the Second Degree, a class B felony, in the Circuit Court of Covington County, Alabama.  HENLEY was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment under the Habitual Offender Act.  Prior to HENLEY’s release, on January 23, 2001, he was advised that he would have to register/notify law enforcement authorities of his address for the next 25 years. 

In October 2012, HENLEY moved from Alabama to Louisiana and failed to notify law enforcement authorities of his move.  On January 11, 2013, Deputy U.S. Marshals observed HENLEY walking along Metairie Lawn Drive in Metairie, Louisiana.  HENLEY was placed under arrest and advised of his Miranda rights.  Marshals confirmed that HENLEY had not registered with either Jefferson Parish or any law enforcement agency in the state of Louisiana.  Further, HENLEY failed to notify the authorities in Alabama that he had moved to Louisiana.  

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   For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service.  The prosecution of this case was handled by Project Safe Childhood Coordinator and Strike Force Chief, Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.

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Updated November 18, 2014