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District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 7, 2016

Springfield Man Charged with Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

BOSTON – Luis Cirilo, 45, of Springfield was charged in U.S. District Court in Springfield yesterday with failing to register as a sex offender.

As alleged in court documents, Cirilo as convicted in 1997 of sodomy in the first degree.  In violation of court orders, he traveled from Pennsylvania to Springfield, Mass. and failed to register as a sex offender from June 2014 to Nov. 12, 2015, when he was arrested on state charges of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. 

The charging statute provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. 

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

The details contained in the indictment are allegations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.

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Updated October 7, 2016