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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Boston Man Sentenced for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

BOSTON – A Boston man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for failing to register as a sex offender.

Rodney Anderson, 47, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to a year and a day in prison and five years of supervised release. In December 2017, Anderson pleaded guilty to one count of failure to register as a sex offender.

Anderson is required to register as a sex offender in Massachusetts based on a North Carolina state court conviction for second degree rape in 1986.  According to court documents, shortly following his release from custody in 2014 for his 1986 conviction, Anderson left North Carolina for Massachusetts. When he arrived, he failed to report to authorities, but was tracked to a residence in Boston.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; U.S. Marshal John Gibbons of the District of Massachusetts; and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Paruti, Lelling’s Project Safe Childhood Coordinator and a member of the Major Crimes Unit, prosecuted the case.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood.  In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse.  Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.

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Updated April 19, 2018