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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 7, 2015

Convicted California Sex Offender Pleads Guilty To Failure To Register As A Sex Offender

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that David Eric Crews (54, Sacramento, CA) has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of failing to register as sex offender after traveling to Florida from California. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set. Crews has been in custody since his arrest on March 30, 2015.   

According to court documents, in March 1993, Crews was convicted of rape and sexual battery in Sacramento. Subsequent to his conviction, he traveled from California to Florida in December 2014. He failed to update his registration in California, and he did not register as a sex offender in Florida, as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

In March 2015, Deputy U.S. Marshals went to a campground in Bunnell, Florida and observed Crews setting up musical equipment on a stage at an outdoor venue.  He and other members of his band had been playing at the park nightly. Crews had been living in a motor home at the campground since December 22, 2014.

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.

It is another case 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 May 7, 2015