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Sioux Falls Man Indicted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Cletus Gerald Williams, III, a/k/a C.J. Williams, age 23, was indicted on December 10, 2019.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on December 13, 2019, 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, 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

Williams was convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in April 2017. As a result of this conviction, he is required to register as a sex offender.  It is alleged that between September 23, 2019, and October 27, 2019, Williams, a person required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, and a sex offender by reason of conviction under Federal Law, failed to properly register as a sex offender and update his registration.

The charge is merely an accusation and Williams is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson is prosecuting the case.   

Williams was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated December 19, 2019

Topic
Project Safe Childhood