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Hamilton Resident Charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, Failure to Appear, Identity Theft, and Bank Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal grand jury today indicted a Hamilton resident for failure to register as a sex offender, failure to appear, aggravated identity theft, and bank fraud, all while on release from federal custody, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and the U.S. Marshal Martin Keely. 

A five-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges SHANNON LESTER SORRELLS, 40, of Hamilton, with multiple felony offenses committed from June 6, 2019 until September 5, 2019. According to the indictment, Sorrells was convicted on March 14, 2001 of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and employment or use of a minor in production of pornography, both under the California Penal Code. From June 12, 2019 to September 5, 2019, while he was on release from federal custody, Sorrells allegedly failed to register and to update his a sex offender registration as required by the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). During that time, according to the indictment, Sorrells also failed to surrender for service of a sentence ordered by U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler and committed aggravated identity theft and bank fraud.

“Sexual assault of an innocent child is despicable,” Town said.  “Every community deserves to know who has harmed a child. And committing a federal offense while on bond can add 10 years to your prison sentence.”

The maximum penalty for failure to register as a sex offender while on release is 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and no less than five years of supervised release. The maximum penalty for failure to appear while on release is 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and no more than three years of supervised release. The maximum penalty for aggravated identity theft while on release is 12 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and no more than three years of supervised release. The maximum penalty for bank fraud while on release is 40 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, and supervised release of no more than five years.

The U.S. Marshals Service investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan S. Keim is prosecuting.

An indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated October 30, 2019

Topic
Project Safe Childhood