Oregon man sentenced for failing to register as a sex offender after moving to Georgia
ATLANTA - Timothy Chenault has been sentenced for failing to register as a sex offender after he moved to Georgia from Oregon. Chenault was convicted in Oregon of attempt to commit rape and sexual abuse.
“Citizens have a right to know if they live or work near a registered sex offender,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “This is a matter of public safety. Chenault's sentencing shows that those sex offenders who come to Georgia, but choose not to register will be held accountable for their failure to comply with the law.”
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 June 1992, Chenault lured a 14-year-old girl to a field in Oregon where he raped her and threatened to harm her if she told anyone. He was convicted in November 1992 of attempt to commit rape and sexual abuse. His conviction required him to register as a sex offender. He did in fact register in Oregon when he was released from prison, and he continued to register through December 2013.
However, by February 13, 2015, Chenault moved to Georgia and he never informed law enforcement in Oregon that he was leaving that state, nor did he register as a sex offender while living in Georgia.
Timothy Chenault, 48, of Atlanta, Georgia was sentenced on May 21, 2018 to two years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Chenault was convicted failing to register as a sex offender on February 21, 2018, after he pleaded guilty.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul R. Jones prosecuted 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.