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

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Convicted Sex Offender Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge of Failure to Register as AaSex Offender

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced today that Nicodemus Darnell Jefferson (40, Jacksonville) has pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender after traveling to Florida from Maryland. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has not yet been set. Jefferson has been in custody since his arrest on September 30, 2014.

According to court documents, in December 1998, Jefferson was convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in Charleston County, South Carolina. Subsequent to his conviction, he traveled from Maryland to Florida, where he has since resided. Jefferson failed to register as a sex offender in Florida as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. On September 30, 2014, he was arrested at his Jacksonville residence and acknowledged that he had been living there since June 2014. He had obtained a Florida identification card on August 4, 2014, that referenced a different Jacksonville address as his residence.

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 Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, 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 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.

Updated February 5, 2015