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Syracuse Man Sentenced for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
Carl Switala Moved From North Carolina To New York

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Carl Switala, 34, of Syracuse, New York, was sentenced to serve one (1) year and one (1) day in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for failing to register as a sex offender, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian. 

Switala pled guilty on May 18, 2016 to violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, 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. 

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

This case was 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

Updated September 16, 2016

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