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District of Idaho

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Boise Man Pleads Guilty To Escape From Custody And Violating Sex Offender Registration Act

Fourth Conviction for Failing to Register

BOISE - Perry Lee Lewis, 36, of Boise, pleaded guilty today to escaping from custody and violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Lewis was indicted by a federal grand Jury in Boise on March 11, 2014.

According to the plea agreement, on May 13, 2013, Lewis walked away from the Port of Hope residential reentry center in Coeur d’Alene, where he was finishing his sentence for a previous violation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. Port of Hope is a halfway house that contracts with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to help reintroduce prisoners back into the community during the last few months of their sentence. Lewis was apprehended in Worley, Idaho, on May 19, 2013, by Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police, and returned to a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility in Seattle, where he finished his sentence. Lewis was released on July 10, 2013, and returned to Boise, but once again, he failed to register as a sex offender. Lewis was previously convicted of Rape in the Second Degree in 2006 in the state of Washington and has two previous convictions in Washington State for failing to register as a sex offender.

The charge of escaping from custody is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000.00, and up to 3 years of supervised release. The charge of violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and from 5 years up to lifetime-supervised release.

Sentencing is set for July 29, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise.

The United States Marshal’s Service and the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police investigated the case. Both agencies are members of the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, a statewide coalition of local, state and federal law enforcement and prosecution agencies, focused on apprehending and prosecuting individuals who use the Internet to criminally exploit children. For more information about the Idaho ICAC Task Force and a list of all the participating agencies, visit www.icacidaho.org.

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 www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

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Updated December 15, 2014