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Oregon man pleads guilty to failing to register as a sex offender after moving to Georgia

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

ATLANTA - Timothy Chenault, who traveled from Oregon to Georgia but then did not register as a sex offender here, has pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to update or maintain his status on the Sex Offender Registry.

“Citizens have a right to know if they live or work near a sex offender,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “This is a matter of public safety.  Sex offenders who do not believe they must register any longer will be found and held accountable for their willful failure to comply with the law.”

“The enforcement of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act is a priority of the U.S. Marshals Service and we will continue to monitor and seek out those who are under the requirements of the Act to ensure compliance. We will move and take actions against individuals when we find noncompliance,” said Beverly Harvard, U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Georgia. 

According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the charges and other information presented in court: The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act requires people who commit certain sex crimes to register as sex offenders regardless of what state they live in or what state they move to. In this case, in June 1992, Timothy Chenault lured a 14-year-old girl to a field in Oregon, where he sexually assaulted her and threatened to harm her if she told anyone what he did. He was convicted in November 1992 of attempt to commit rape and sexual abuse. This conviction required him to register as a sex offender, and, indeed, he did register in Oregon when he was released from prison in 1994. He continued to register through December 2013.

However, by February 13, 2015, Chenault had moved to Georgia. He never informed law enforcement in Oregon that he was leaving that state, nor did he ever registered as a sex offender while living in Georgia.

Sentencing for Timothy Chenault, 48, of Atlanta, Georgia, is scheduled for May 15, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. before U.S. District Judge William S. Duffey Jr.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul R. Jones is prosecuting the case.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Attorney General launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices around the country, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.

Updated February 21, 2018

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