Centreville Man Pleads Guilty To Failure To Register As A Sex Offender
On August 1, 2013, Arthur E. Jones, a thirty-one year old Centreville, IL, man pled guilty in United States Federal District Court, in East St. Louis, IL, to failure to register as a sex offender, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2250(a), the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Jones is scheduled for sentencing on November 12, 2013. He faces a term of imprisonment of up to ten (10) years, a fine up to $250,000, or both, and a term of supervised release of five (5) years to life of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.
The violation occurred between October 11, 2012 and December 12, 2012. Jones was required to register as a sex offender under both Illinois law and the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act because he was convicted of Attempted Forcible Rape on May 20, 2003, in St. Louis, Missouri. On October 8, 2012, Jones informed the State of Missouri that he was moving to a residence in Illinois. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Illinois without registering as a sex offender in the state. He was aware of his requirements to register as a sex offender in the State of Illinois within three days upon his arrival. He was confronted by a United States Marshal on December 13, 2012, for non-compliance. In the interview, Jones admitted to not having registered within the three-day timeframe after moving to 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 is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T Kapsak.