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Marshall County man indicted for failing to register as a sex offender

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Zachary Douglas Brown, of Moundsville, West Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand sitting in Clarksburg on May 7, 2019 on a failure to register charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Brown, age 33, was indicted on one count of “Failure to Register.” Brown is accused of traveling across state lines and failing to register as a sex offender, as required. The crime took place between January and March 2019.
Brown faces up to 10 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.

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

Assistant U.S. Attorney Danae Demasi-Lemon is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The United States Marshal Service investigated.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated June 10, 2019

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