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Rhode Island Man Sentenced for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Rhode Island man was sentenced this afternoon in federal court in Boston for failing to register as a sex offender.


Michael Plant, 42, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to time served and five years of supervised release, to include six months of home confinement. In March 2017, Plant pleaded guilty to one count of failing to register as a sex offender.


Plant was convicted on state charges of second degree child molestation in April 4, 2000, and is therefore required to register as a sex offender in Rhode Island. In addition, federal and state law require Plant to register any address where he works or lives. While Plant registered a home address in Newport, R.I., he failed to register either the address of his Massachusetts employer or a secondary residential address in Fall River, Mass., from February 2015 to October 2016.


Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and John Gibbons, U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Paruti, Weinreb’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 the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the 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

Updated June 30, 2017

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