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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Sex Offender Indicted For Failure To Register

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Joseph Wayne Acevedo, age 31, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was indicted on December 14, 2016, by a federal grand jury for failure to register as a sex offender.

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Acevedo was convicted of the offense of indecent assault on a six-year-old child in York County in 2006.  That conviction required Acevedo to register as a sex offender in any place he lived, worked, or attended school, and to update his registration on a quarterly basis.  Acevedo is charged with failing to update his registration as a convicted sex offender as required by law. 

The case was investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and the United States Marshals Service.  Prosecution is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney James T. Clancy

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 guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 10 years of 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.

 

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated December 15, 2016