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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 23, 2018

Sex Offender Sentenced to Prison for Failing to Register

Required to Register Due to Prior Conviction for Attempted Rape

A convicted sex offender who lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for 11 months without registering was sentenced February 22, 2018, to 8 months in federal prison.

Raymond Hockenberger, age 44, most recently from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a September 20, 2017, guilty plea to one count of failing to register as a sex offender.

Information from the sentencing hearing showed that Hockenberger was required to register as a sex offender because he was previously convicted of attempted rape.  While still on probation for that conviction, Hockenberger provided a fake name to police and was convicted of identity theft.  Hockenberger moved to Cedar Rapids in January 2016.  He did not register as a sex offender until November 2016 and registered only after he was likely alerted to the fact that law enforcement was looking for him in Cedar Rapids.

Hockenberger was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Hockenberger was sentenced to 8 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Hockenberger 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.  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 February 23, 2018