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

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Columbus, Ohio man indicted on failure to update sex offender registry

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Christopher D. Barker, of Columbus, Ohio, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Wheeling on a failure to update a sex offender registration charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Barker, also known as Christopher D. Cooper, age 29, was indicted on one count of “Failure to Update Registration as a Sex Offender - SORNA.” Barker, having previously been convicted as a sex offender, is accused changing addresses without updating his sex offender registration. The crime is alleged to have occurred from August to October 2017 in Ohio County, West Virginia and elsewhere.

Barker faces up to ten years incarceration 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 L. Vogrin is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The United States Marshal Service is investigating. 
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated December 6, 2017