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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sex offender convicted of failure to update registration

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Bobby Wayne Blackwell, 57, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was convicted in federal court after he admitted that he failed to update his sex offender registration, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Blackwell was previously convicted of “Rape” in November 1975 in the Court of Common Pleas of Clinton County, Pennsylvania. He was also convicted of “Attempt to Commit Rape” in October 1983 in the Court of Common Pleas of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. As a result of these convictions, he is required to register as a sex offender.

An investigation by the West Virginia State Police and the United States Marshals Service revealed that in approximately October 2014, Blackwell moved from West Virginia to Pennsylvania without updating his sex offender registration.

Blackwell pled guilty to one count of “Failure to Update Sex Offender Registration.” He faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00. 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 Shawn Morgan prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated January 8, 2016