South Carolina Sex Offender Sentenced For Failing To Register As A Sex Offender
Jacksonville, Florida – United States District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Nicodemus Darnell Jefferson (40, Jacksonville) to 16 months in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender after traveling to Florida from Maryland. He was also ordered to serve a five-year term of supervised release following his incarceration. Jefferson pleaded guilty on March 27, 2015.
According to court documents, Jefferson was convicted in 1998 of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in Charleston County, South Carolina. Subsequent to his conviction, and between March 17, 2014, and September 30, 2014, Jefferson traveled from Maryland to Florida, where he has since resided. He failed to register in Florida as a sex offender as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. On September 30, 2014, Jefferson was arrested at his residence. At the time of his arrest, he acknowledged that he had been living there since June 2014. Jefferson 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 was 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.