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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Syracuse Man Pleads Guilty To Failing To Register As A Sex Offender

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK –Carl Switala, 34, of Syracuse, New York, pled guilty yesterday to failing to register as a sex offender, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.

Switala was charged with violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act ("SORNA"), which requires a convicted sex offender to register, and keep that registration current, wherever he or she resides, is employed, or is a student. As part of his guilty plea, Switala admitted that he was previously convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First Degree in Michigan, which required him to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, and that he had moved from North Carolina to Syracuse in November 2015 without ever registering in New York or updating his registration in North Carolina.

As a result of his conviction, Switala now faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life. Sentencing is scheduled for September 15, 2016 before U.S. District Judge David N. Hurd.

This case was investigated by the United States Marshal Service Sex Offender Investigation Branch and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert S. Levine.

This case is prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated May 20, 2016