Nashua Man Pleads Guilty to Failing to Register as a Sex Offender
Concord, N.H. - Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced that Thomas William Hickey, 34, of Nashua pled guilty today to failing to register as a sex offender.
According to statements made in court, Hickey was convicted in Florida in 2003 of lewd or lascivious molestation, of a 12 year old girl. As a result of that conviction, he was required by law to register as a sex offender. After his release from prison, Hickey later registered as a sex offender in Florida and Massachusetts.
In July of 2017, the Nashua Police Department reported to the United States Marshals Service (USMS) that it has received a tip that Hickey was a sex offender who had been living in Nashua for a period of months without registering. The USMS confirmed with Massachusetts authorities that Hickey was in fact a sex offender who had been living in Massachusetts, but that they were unaware Hickey had moved to New Hampshire.
Hickey later was interviewed by a Deputy U.S. Marshal and a Nashua Police Detective and admitted that he had moved to New Hampshire in 2017 because he did not want people to know he was a sex offender.
Hickey is scheduled to be sentenced on May 30, 2018.
“When those who are required to register as sex offenders fail to comply with their obligation to do so, they will be prosecuted,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “I commend the work of the United States Marshals Service and the Nashua Police Department for their efforts to protect the community.”
“This investigation was a combined effort between the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force and the Nashua NH Police Department. Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 7,029 arrests,” said Senior Inspector, Mark Lewis, USMS. “These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally the USMS fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 8 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.”
This case was investigated by the USMS and the Nashua Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Arnold Huftalen.