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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

Contact: Michael J. Conley
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that James Robert Underwood, 43, of Dalton, Georgia, and formerly of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to failing to register as a sex offender.

According to evidence introduced at the plea hearing, in 1999, Underwood was convicted in Georgia of rape and other charges.  He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and was released in 2009.  The rape conviction required him to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act in Georgia and any other state where he established residency. In March 2012, Underwood established residency in Old Orchard Beach, but failed to register as required.

Underwood faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  He will be sentenced after completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Marshals Service.

Updated June 29, 2015