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New Jersey man charged with sex offender registry violation

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

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Jason Steven Kokinda, of Hammonton, New Jersey, was indicted today on a sex offender registry charge, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Kokinda, age 41, is charged with one count of “Failure to Update Sex Offender Registration.” Kokinda is required to update his sex offender registration. He is accused of traveling from New Jersey, New York, Vermont, and Delaware to West Virginia without updating his registration in August 2019 in Randolph and Pendleton Counties.

Kokinda 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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon S. Flower is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The United States Marshal Service, the West Virginia State Police, and the Elkins Police Department investigated.

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

Updated December 17, 2019

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