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

Monday, May 4, 2015

Burlington, WV sex offender sentenced for failure to update registration

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Donald W. Patterson, 41, of Burlington, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 19 months in prison for failing to update his sex offender registration when he moved from West Virginia to Maryland, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

In 1993, Patterson was convicted of “Statutory Rape” in Tennessee. As a result of that conviction, Patterson is required to register as a sex offender. An investigation by the United States Marshals Service and the West Virginia State Police revealed that in the fall of 2013, Patterson moved across state lines from West Virginia to Maryland without updating his sex offender registration status.

Patterson pled guilty in January 2015 to one count of “Failure to Register and Update Registration as a Sex Offender – SORNA.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Vogrin prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Updated January 8, 2016