Council Man Pleads Guilty To Violating Sex Offender Registration And Notification Act
BOISE - Larry Grant Dana, 41, of Council, Idaho, pleaded guilty today to violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Dana was indicted by a federal grand Jury in Boise on March 11, 2014.
According to the plea agreement, Dana was convicted in Canyon County in 1996 of Battery with Intent to Commit Rape, which requires him to register as a sex offender. He had registered off and on since May 2001, most recently on October 5, 2013, when he reported that he was residing in Council, Idaho. According to his Idaho State parole officer, Dana absconded from supervision in November 2013. Dana was apprehended in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 16, 2014. The investigation showed Dana had been in Wyoming, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Oklahoma prior to his arrest. He failed to register as a sex offender in any of those states, and did not notify the Idaho Sex Offender Registry that he had changed his address or left the state, as required by state and federal law.
The charge of failure to register as a sex offender is a violation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and is punishable by up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000.00, and five years up to lifetime supervised release.
Sentencing is set for July 28, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise.
The case was investigated by U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), a member 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.”