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Ohio County resident admits to failing to update his sex offender registration

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Joshua Phillip Sweet, of Triadelphia, West Virginia, has admitted to moving to West Virginia without updating his sex offender registration, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Sweet, age 37, pled guilty to one count of “Failure to Update Sex Offender Registration.” Sweet admitted to moving from Niagra Falls, New York, to Triadelphia, West Virginia in July 2017 and not updating his sex offender registration, as required by law. 

Sweet is 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 and the West Virginia State Police investigated.

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

Updated February 11, 2019

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