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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

California Man Indicted On Federal Charge Of Failure To Register As A Sex Offender

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced today that David Eric Crews (54, Sacramento, CA) has been indicted for failing to register as sex offender after traveling from the State of California. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a potential lifetime of supervision. Crews was arrested on March 30, 2015, at a campground in Bunnell, Florida. He has been ordered detained pending his arraignment and detention hearing on April 2, 2015.   

According to the indictment, on or about March 26, 1993, Crews was convicted and sentenced for rape, in concert with force or violence and sexual battery, in Sacramento, California. Between December 2, 2014 and March 13, 2015, he traveled from California to Florida and failed to register as a sex offender as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act is part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. The Adam Walsh Act provides for the use of federal law enforcement resources, including the United States Marshals Service, to assist state and local authorities in locating and apprehending non-compliant sex offenders. This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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Updated April 1, 2015