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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 17, 2014

Belleville Man Sentenced For Failure To Register As A Sex Offender

Willie L. Carroll, Jr., a 50-year old, Belleville, Illinois, man was sentenced on October 17, 2014, in federal district court in East St. Louis, Illinois, for failure to register as a sex offender, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Carroll was sentenced to 13 months’ in prison; 5 years’ supervised release, fined $250 and ordered to pay $150 special assessment.

A compliance check conducted at his mother’s residence by law enforcement officials on June 26, 2013, revealed that he had not stayed there consistently since February 2013, and that he had been living with his fiancé in Missouri. Carroll moved to Missouri, after signing the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act Form on January 14, 2013, without registering as a sex offender in Missouri and updating his registration with the State of Illinois, as required under both Illinois law and the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Carroll was convicted of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse on May 1, 1991, in St. Clair County, Illinois.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.

Updated February 19, 2015