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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fayetteville, N.C. Man Sentenced To 8 Years For Failure To Register As A Sex Offender While Committing A Crime Of Violence

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, sentenced SHELBY SHERROD PETTIES, 33, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 92 months imprisonment followed by 10 years of supervised release.

PETTIES was named in a 3-count Indictment filed on January 7, 2015. On September 12, 2016, he pled guilty to one count of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender While Committing a Crime of Violence.

On October 31, 2005, PETTIES was convicted of Second Degree Child Sex Abuse in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. This conviction required him to register as a sex offender in the District of Columbia and to notify the District of Columbia Sex Offender Registry (DCSOR) of any address change within three days.

On February 18, 2013, PETTIES was arrested in Fayetteville, on the felonious charges of First Degree Kidnapping and Second Degree Rape, which occurred on February 6, 2013. At the time of his arrest, PETTIES provided a statement admitting that he moved to Fayetteville on August 2, 2012, and that he did not register as a sex offender with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office as required. According to the Sex Offender Registration Information Acknowledgement form signed by the defendant, PETTIES was required to notify the DCSOR and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office of his departure from the District of Columbia and his arrival in Fayetteville. Therefore, PETTIES committed the crimes of violence of First Degree Kidnapping and Second Degree Rape while in violation of the sex offender registration requirements.

PETTIES received an upward variance due to the additional crimes he committed on February 9, 2013, while in violation status of the sex offender registration requirements, PETTIES kidnapped and assaulted a female victim in his apartment in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

The criminal investigation of this case was conducted by the Fayetteville Police Department, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshal Service. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan A. Ontjes is handling the prosecution on behalf of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

This case was part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level. For more information about this important national project, Project Safe Childhood, go to www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Updated January 31, 2017