Mobridge Man Charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Mobridge, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
Justin Jerome Howard, age 33, was indicted on January 19, 2017. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on January 27, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, a mandatory minimum period of at least 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that between December 5, 2016, and December 14, 2016, Howard, a person required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, and a sex offender by reason of a conviction, knowingly failed to register and update his registration as required by law.
The charge is merely an accusation and Howard is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.
Howard was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.