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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 22, 2016

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender was sentenced on July 19, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Michael Lovejoy, Jr., age 33, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in custody, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment of $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Lovejoy was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 15, 2016.  He pled guilty on April 26, 2016.

Lovejoy was convicted in state court in 2003 for Third Degree Rape.  He was sentenced to a suspended sentenced and placed on five years of probation. Lovejoy violated, and his original five-year sentence was imposed.  He is required to register as a sex offender for 25 years following his conviction and to update his registration within three business days of relocating or changing employment. 

The current conviction stemmed from Lovejoy’s failure to update his registration when he moved out of his residence in Sioux Falls, and moved to the Cherry Creek Community on the Cheyenne River Reservation.  Lovejoy did not update his sex offender registration between November 2015 and February 2016.

This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

Lovejoy was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Updated July 22, 2016