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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Carolina

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sex Offender Enters Guilty Plea for Failing to Register in Orangeburg

Contact Person: Bill Day (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina -----United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Tyrone King, a/k/a “Tyrone Leonard,” age 39, of Orangeburg, South Carolina, has entered a guilty plea in federal court in Columbia, to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2250(a).  United States District Judge J. Michelle Childs of Columbia accepted the guilty plea and will impose sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that King was convicted in September 2008 for Committing a Lewd Act on a child Under 16 Years Old in South Carolina. After serving his sentence, King resided in North Carolina but failed to register as a sex offender and committed Common Law Robbery so was sentenced again in June 2012. When King was paroled in September 2013, he absconded his supervision and moved to Orangeburg without registering as a sex offender in either North or South Carolina. King was arrested in Orangeburg on April 4, 2014.

Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender is imprisonment for 10 years and/or a fine of $250,000.

The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Marshal.  Assistant United States Attorney William E Day, II of the Columbia is prosecuting the case.

Updated January 26, 2015