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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Missouri Man Sentenced For Failure To Register As A Sex Offender

Demarcus A. Buford, a 37-year old Jefferson City, Missouri, man was sentenced on January 7, 2015, in federal district court, in East St. Louis, Illinois, on one count of failure to register as a sex offender, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Buford was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison; five years supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and a $150 fine.

Buford moved from Illinois to Missouri, after signing an Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act Notification Form on January 15, 2013, acknowledging his requirement to either update his sex offender registration in Illinois to reflect his change of address, or register as a sex offender in Missouri. He neither registered in Missouri, nor updated his registration in Illinois as required by law. Buford had been previously convicted of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse on August 27, 2008, 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 prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.

Updated February 19, 2015