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Wheeling woman indicted for failing to register

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Bobbi Jo Starry, of Wheeling, West Virginia, is facing a sex offender registry charge, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Starry, 55, was indicted on one count of “Failure to Register.” Starry, who is required to register as a sex offender, is accused of failing to update her registry from January to August 2020 in the Northern District of West Virginia and elsewhere. 

Starry faces up to 10 years of 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 Danae DeMasi-Lemon is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The U.S. Marshals Service investigated.

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

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

Updated December 2, 2020

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