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Sex Offender Makes Appearance in Federal Court for Failing to Register

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Texas man, previously convicted of felony sex crimes, appeared in federal court.

Rene Albarez DeLeon, Jr., age 44 of Texas, made his appearance in federal court in Pierre before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes.  DeLeon pled not guilty to the Indictment returned against him for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. 

The maximum penalties for the offense are 10 years of imprisonment, and/or a $250,000 fine, a mandatory minimum term of five years, up to life, of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

According to the Indictment, in April 2020, DeLeon, a person required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, knowingly failed to register and update a registration.  He is a sex offender by reason of a conviction for sexual assault of a child under the laws of the State of Texas, and he traveled in interstate commerce, and having entered, left, and resided in Indian country, while failing to register or update his registration. 

The charge against DeLeon is merely an accusation, and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

This investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri is prosecuting the cases.   

DeLeon was remanded to custody to continue serving his sentence for other conduct.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated April 12, 2021

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