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

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sex Offender Sentenced to Prison for Failing to Register

A convicted sex offender who failed to register after moving back to Iowa was sentenced on June 8, 2015, to more than one year in federal prison.

Lester Ealy, 51, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 31, 2015, guilty plea to one count of failing to register as a sex offender.

At the guilty plea, Ealy admitted to failing to register as a sex offender living in Iowa from June 2014 through February 2015.  Ealy was required to register because he had previously been convicted of sexual assault in Nebraska state court.  He had also previously been convicted of failing to register as sex offender on four previous occasions in Iowa, Nebraska, and Washington.

Ealy was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Ealy was sentenced to 21 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Ealy 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 Marshall’s Service.

Court file information is available at  The case file number is 15-CR-22.

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Updated June 9, 2015