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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

Monday, October 31, 2016

Massachusetts Man Pleads Guilty To Failure To Register Charge

            CONCORD, N.H. – United States Attorney, Emily Gray Rice announced today that Beau Shields, 29, of Barre, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to one count of failing to register as a sex offender as required by the federal Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

            According to court documents and statements made in court, Shields moved from New Hampshire to Massachusetts sometime before April 2016.  Shields never registered in Massachusetts until after he was charged by the grand jury in New Hampshire.  On two occasions, in April 2016 and July 2016, Shields reported his address as a residence located in Barre, Massachusetts.  Shields was not registered as a sex offender in Massachusetts at the time he reported that he was living at the residence in Barre.

            SORNA mandates that a person who is required to register must register in each jurisdiction where he resides, is employed or is going to school.   SORNA gives an individual three days in which to register. 

            A sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 13, 2017.

           The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Feith.


Updated October 31, 2016