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

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

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender was sentenced on October 18, 2021, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court Judge.

Michael Lovejoy, age 38, was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Lovejoy was indicted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender by a federal grand jury on June 8, 2021.  He pled guilty on August 16, 2021.

Lovejoy was convicted of a sex offense in 2003.  As a result of this conviction, he is required to register as a sex offender and update his registration within three business days of relocation or changing employment.  Between September 28, 2020, and April 29, 2021, Lovejoy failed to properly register as a sex offender and update his registration.  Lovejoy registered an address in Elk Point, South Dakota, on July 28, 2020.  He left that address and ultimately traveled to Eagle Butte, South Dakota, without updating his address.  Lovejoy did not properly register for a period of seven months.

This case was investigated by 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.



Updated October 21, 2021

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