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Friday, March 6, 2015

Former Palmer Man Sentenced for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

BOSTON – Joshua Pelosi, 36, was sentenced on March 4, 2015 by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 37 months in prison and six years of supervised release for failing to register as a convicted sex offender.  In October 2014, Pelosi pleaded guilty to two federal counts of failing to register as a sex offender.

Pelosi, after being released from prison in New York for failing to register as a sex offender, traveled from New York to Massachusetts and settled in the Commonwealth without notifying law enforcement authorities.  In April 2014, Pelosi traveled from Massachusetts to South Carolina and once again failed to register as a sex offender.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and John Gibbons, U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts, made the announcement.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.

The case is 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 the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit     

Updated March 6, 2015