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

Monday, May 9, 2016

Brooke County, WV man pleads guilty to failing to update sex offender registration

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Convicted sex offender Christopher Barker, 27, of Follansbee, West Virginia, pled guilty today to moving across state lines without updating his sex offender registration status, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Barker, also known as Christopher D. Cooper, was previously convicted in Ohio County, West Virginia of “First Degree Sexual Assault Involving a Minor.” As a result of that conviction, Barker is required to register as a sex offender. In late 2015, Barker moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Follansbee, West Virginia without updating his sex offender registration status.

Barker pled guilty today to one count of “Failure to Register and Update Registration as a Sex Offender.” He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Vogrin prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The United States Marshals Service, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Police Department investigated.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. presided.

Updated May 9, 2016