Rapid City Man Pleads Guilty To Failure To Register
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Benjamin Godfrey Chipps Jr., age 33, of Rapid City, South Dakota appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on March 27, 2013 and pled guilty to Failure to Register. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years' imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.
Between November 4, 2012 and December 13, 2012, Chipps failed to update his sexual offender registration as required. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman.
A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date will be scheduled. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.