Man Sentenced to Over Two Years in Prison for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender
Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Amos Rojas, Jr., United States Marshal, U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), and William D. Snyder, Sheriff, Martin County Sheriff's Office (MCSO), announced that Michael Gene Justus, who had failed to register as a sex offender, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robin L. Rosenberg to 27 months in federal prison.
On February 14, 2018, Justus pled guilty to two counts of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2250. As part of his federal sentence, Justus will be placed on 5 years of supervised release and is again ordered to register as a sex offender.
According to the court record, on April 1, 1996, in Carroll County, Indiana, Defendant Justus was convicted and sentenced to prison for molesting a child. On January 5, 2001, Justus was released from prison. Following his release from incarceration, Justus was to abide by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) requirements.
SORNA provides a comprehensive set of federal standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States through the nationwide network of sex offender registration and notification programs. Additionally, SORNA requires registered sex offenders to register and keep their registration current in each jurisdiction in which they reside, work, or go to school, and to make periodic in-person appearances to verify and update their registration information.
After his initial release from prison, Justus registered as a sex offender in a number of states. He was working with a carnival company, living out of a van, and traveling. In January of 2013, Justus lived in a van parked at a residence in Stuart, Florida, and failed to provide this information to the Florida Sex Offender Registry. He then moved out of state and registered as a sex offender in Louisiana and Texas. From September 29, 2017 to October 17, 2017, Justus returned to the residence in Stuart, Florida and again failed to notify the Florida Sex Offender Registry.
Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of the USMS and MCSO in this matter. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carmen Lineberger.