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Black Hawk County Man Sentenced To 21 Months For Failing To Register As A Sex Offender

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

A man who failed to register as a sex offender was sentenced today to 21 months in federal prison.

Christopher Pate, age 44, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, received the sentence after a December 15, 2014 guilty plea to one count of failing to register as a sex offender.  At the guilty plea hearing, Pate admitted that he moved from North Carolina to Iowa and did not register as a sex offender in Iowa.  Pate was required to register because of his 2001 Black Hawk County conviction for sexual abuse in the third degree.

Pate was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Pate was sentenced to 21 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and Pate must also serve a five-year term of supervised release.  He must comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the United States Marshals Service, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit  For more information about Internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”

Court file information is available at  The case file number is CR 14-2050.

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Updated March 6, 2015