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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Sex Offender Sentenced To Thirty-Six Months In Prison For Failure To Register

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced Kyle Lopez (46, Morgantown, West Virginia) to 36 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for failure to register as a sex offender as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Lopez had pleaded guilty on June 11, 2018.

According to court documents, Lopez, who had previous felony convictions for indecency with a child, sexual assault against a child, and failure to register, failed to register as a sex offender in Florida after moving from West Virginia to Florida in September 2017, in an attempt to abscond from his registration requirements. After receiving notification from West Virginia, the U.S. Marshals Service located Lopez on October 31, 2017, in Volusia County, Florida. He was then charged with failure to register as a sex offender in violation of SORNA.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kara M. Wick.

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 Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 August 1, 2018