Myrtle Beach Man Pleads Guilty to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Scott Borrowman, age 50, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, pled guilty in federal court in Florence, to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2250(a). United States District Judge Bryan Harwell, of Florence, accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
The evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing established that in 2002 Borrowman was convicted in Washington County, Utah, of Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor and Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, which convictions required him to register as a sex offender in any state where he resided, was employed or was a student. Under the law, Borrowman was required to inform authorities if he ever changed his address within the state or moved to another state. In July 2016, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office discovered that Borrowman failed to report to update his sex offender registration and could not be found at his last registered address, so they issued a warrant for his arrest. The matter was referred to the United States Marshals Service which soon discovered that Borrowman had moved to South Carolina. Borrowman was located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and was arrested at his place of employment there on October 30, 2017.
Ms. Drake stated the maximum penalty Borrowman can receive is imprisonment for 10 years and a fine of $250,000.
The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service with the assistance of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney A. Bradley Parham of the Florence office is prosecuting the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, 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, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.