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Sex Offender Sentenced to More than Five Years in Prison for Failing to Register

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Levering now has three federal convictions for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

A convicted sex offender was sentenced December 9, 2021, to more than 5 years in federal prison.  Duane Levering, age 36, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, received the prison term after a July 15, 2021, guilty plea to failure to register as a sex offender.

Levering was previously convicted of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor in 2005.  Levering knew he was required to register and update his residence information as a sex offender. Later, however, he was caught living in the attic of a home in Ft. Dodge from Spring 2020 to the time of his arrest on December 9, 2020, without registering.  Levering has an extensive criminal history, including two prior federal convictions for failure to register as a sex offender, serious assault, aggravated assault, and multiple convictions for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, eluding police, failure to obey police, and theft.  

Levering was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Levering was sentenced to 65 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Levering is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ron Timmons and investigated by the United States Marshal Service. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-3011.

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Updated December 10, 2021

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