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California Man Pleads Guilty to Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that ROT VAN NGUYEN, a/k/a “Minh Dung,” a/k/a “Minh Dung Duong,” age 56, of San Jose, California, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Court Judge Carl J. Barbier to one count of failure to register as a sex offender under the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

According to court documents, NGUYEN was convicted in California in 2009 for lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14 years of age, a violation of California Penal Code Section 288(a).  After his release from prison, NGUYEN was obligated to register as a sex offender for life.  In November 2015, while he was on probation, NGUYEN cut off a GPS monitor required by California Parole and absconded from supervision.  He remained at large until December 12, 2017, when members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force and Louisiana State Troopers apprehended NGUYEN at a casino in New Orleans.  After his arrest, NGUYEN admitted to living in Houma prior to moving to New Orleans, and that he was aware of his obligation to register as a sex offender in Louisiana pursuant to SORNA.  He was initially arrested on charges of violating Louisiana state registration laws until the matter was charged in federal court.

NGUYEN faces a maximum term of 10 years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine.  He also faces a term of supervised release of between 5 years and life.  Judge Barbier set his sentencing for June 14, 2018.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Marshal’s Service and the Louisiana State Police in this matter.  He extended his thanks to California Division of Parole Operations, the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office for their assistance.  Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Payne is in charge of prosecution.

Updated March 8, 2018

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