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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Sex Offender Sentenced to More Than a Year in Prison for Failing to Register in Iowa

Absconded to Iowa to Avoid Court Date in Wisconsin

A convicted sex offender who lived in Iowa for three weeks without registering was sentenced today to more than a year in federal prison.

Lucas Hertrampf, age 30, from Lancaster, Wisconsin, received the prison term after a December 1, 2017, guilty plea to failing to register as a sex offender.

Information from the sentencing hearing showed that Hertrampf was required to register as a sex offender because he was previously convicted of sexual assault involving the use of force.  While still on probation for that conviction, Hertrampf had his supervision revoked seven times.  In April 2017, Hertrampf was charged with stealing a car in Grant County, Wisconsin.  He was scheduled to appear in court on that charge on June 26.  Hertrampf failed to appear for that hearing.  Instead, law enforcement found Hertrampf in Clayton County, Iowa, on June 29.  Hertrampf had been living in Iowa for three weeks.  During that time, he did not register as a sex offender as he was required to do.

Hertrampf was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Hertrampf was sentenced to 15 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.  Hertrampf 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 Anthony Morfitt and investigated by the United States Marshal’s Service and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.  Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.  The case file number is 17-cr-57.

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Updated March 28, 2018