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Fayetteville Man Sentenced For Failing To Register As A Sex Offender

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

WILMINGTON – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced ANDREW DAVID OWENS, 59, from Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 41 months’ imprisonment followed by 20 years’ supervised release. 

On March 21, 2013, a Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment charging OWENS with failing to register as a sex offenderOn September 2, 2014, OWENS pled guilty to the charge.

According to the investigation, OWENS was convicted of sexual offenses involving minors in 1992 and required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.  Upon release from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety on January 18, 2012, OWENS had stated that he planned to reside in Salt Lake City, Utah.  However, as of February 20, 2012, he had not registered in either Utah or North Carolina.  A warrant was issued for his arrest based on his failure to register as a sex offender. 

In September, 2012, OWENS was arrested in Bethel, Pennsylvania and subsequently transported back to North Carolina to face the charge of failure to register as a sex offender. 

The criminal investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes handled the prosecution on behalf of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Updated July 14, 2015