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Thursday, October 11, 2018

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

BOSTON – A New York man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Springfield to failure to register as a sex offender.

Jose Dones, 43, of Schenectady, N.Y., pleaded guilty to one count of failure to register as a sex offender. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for Jan. 22, 2019. Dones was charged in February 2018 in federal court, and has been in custody since Jan. 10, 2018, when he was arrested for violating his conditions of supervised release stemming from a 2016 conviction for failing to register as a sex offender.

In 1994, Dones was convicted of second degree rape, and in 2008, he was convicted of forcible touching. As a result, Dones is required to register as a sex offender and has received many notices informing him of his obligation. He has been convicted four times in New York state court of failure to register as a sex offender, and in 2016, he was convicted in federal court in Massachusetts of failing to register as a sex offender. 

In November 2017, Dones was released from a halfway house in Boston, and, while on supervised release in connection with his 2016 federal conviction, he lived in Boston without registering as a sex offender. In December 2017, he moved to Schenectady, N.Y., where he again failed to register.

Dones faces a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. 

United States Andrew E. Lelling and John Gibbons, United States Marshal for the District of Massachusetts, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.  Led by U.S. Attorneys’ offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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Updated October 11, 2018