EUGENE, Ore. – On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, U.S. District Court Judge Ann L. Aiken sentenced Michael Schmidt to 24 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release. Schmidt had previously pleaded guilty to a single charge of failing to register as a sex offender on September 6, 2017.
According to court documents, Schmidt was convicted of first-degree rape and kidnapping on October 10, 1997 in Lane County, Oregon and was required to register as a sex offender for life. He fled the state during his post-prison supervision, failing to complete a sex offender treatment program. Schmidt was located, arrested, and indicted for failing to register as a sex offender in the Northern District of Indiana. His case was later transferred to the District of Oregon.
“Sex offender registration serves the dual purpose of protecting the community from violent criminals and helping sexual offenders successfully avoid recidivism,” said Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon. “Deliberately avoiding registration is a serious crime and will be punished accordingly.”
The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service and prosecuted by Jeffrey S. Sweet, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, and Stacey R. Speith, Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana.