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Fugitive Sex Offender Found in Fayetteville Sentenced for Failing to Register

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

NEW BERN, N.C. – A Rhode Island man was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

According to court documents, Jerry Noel Diaz, 25, was charged with one count of Failing to Register as a Sex Offender. Diaz pled guilty to the charge on June 1, 2022.

In 2014, Diaz was convicted of felony First Degree Child Molestation after forcibly raping an 11-year-old victim in Rhode Island. As part of the child molestation conviction, Diaz received a lifetime registration requirement under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). In 2020, Diaz failed to register in Rhode Island, was arrested, released on bond, and instructed to report to probation. Diaz did not report to probation, instead choosing to flee, eventually making his way to North Carolina. In April 2021, a lead was sent to the Carolinas Regional Task Force and, on April 15, 2021, after confirming that he had failed to register in North Carolina, Diaz was apprehended while hiding in the closet of a residence in Fayetteville. After being arrested, Diaz admitted to having been in the Fayetteville area for more than 5 months and stated that he had been working with a youth group at a local church.

Michael Easley, Jr. U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The U.S. Marshals Service, Eastern District of North Carolina, Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, District of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island State Police investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Stephany prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:21-CR-00395-FL.


Updated December 8, 2022

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