Worcester Man Sentenced for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender
BOSTON – A former Worcester man who was residing in New York was sentenced today in federal court in Worcester for failing to register as a sex offender.
George Moriarty, 55, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 21 months in prison and five years of supervised release. In May 2017, Moriarty pleaded guilty to one count of failing to register as a sex offender.
In October 1994, Moriarty was convicted of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14. The Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board classified Moriarty as a Level 2 sex offender. Sometime after April 2013, Moriarty moved to New York without notifying authorities of his change in residency, as required by law. In November 2016, Moriarty was arrested in New York on state charges for failing to register as a sex offender. New York authorities then reached out to federal law enforcement in Massachusetts, resulting in Moriarty’s indictment in federal court in Boston and subsequent return to Massachusetts.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and John Gibbons, United States Marshal for the District of Massachusetts, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Weinreb’s 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 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.