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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sex Offender Charged For Failing To Register In Pennsylvania

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a criminal information has been filed in U.S. District Court in Scranton charging an East Stroudsburg man with failing to register as a sex offender in Pennsylvania.

     According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Barry Page, age 46, is designated as a sexual offender as a result of a 1998 New Jersey State conviction for sexual abuse of a minor.  It is alleged in the information that Page traveled in interstate commerce and knowingly failed to register and update information in Pennsylvania as he was required to do pursuant to the provisions of the Adam Walsh Act.

     The charge is the result of an investigation by the United States Marshals Service.  It carries a penalty of a maximum term of 10 years incarceration and fines in the amount of $250,000.

     Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski.

     Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

     A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

     In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 10 years imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

Updated April 17, 2015