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Former Kearney Man Sentenced for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska

United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Paul J. Gray, age 49, formerly of Kearney, Nebraska, was sentenced on April 10, 2024, in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska for failing to register as a sex offender pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Gray to 12 months’ imprisonment. Additionally, Gray was sentenced to 6 months’ imprisonment for violating his supervised release. The two sentences were ordered to run consecutively. There is no parole in the federal system. After Gray’s release from prison, he will begin a 10-year term of supervised release.

Gray, who is required to register as a sex offender as the result of a 1996 third degree sexual sssault conviction out of Lincoln County, Nebraska, as well as a federal 2008 production of child pornography conviction out of the District of Nebraska, was released from prison in 2022. After his release, he was ordered to reside at the Dismas Charities Reentry Center in Kearney. Gray registered that address with the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry.

On July 17, 2023, Gray was dismissed from Dismas Charities.  After dismissal from Dismas Charities, Gray failed to update his Nebraska Sex Offender Registration and did not advise his United States Probation Officer of his whereabouts.

On September 14, 2023, Gray was located at an apartment in Kearney where he had been staying since being dismissed from Dismas Charities.   

This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service.


Lecia Wright - Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney (402) 661-3700

Updated April 12, 2024