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St. Louis Man Sentenced for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois


James C. Poynor, 38, of St. Louis, Missouri, was sentenced on September 20, 2016, in the United States 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, Donald S. Boyce, announced today. Poynor was sentenced to 33 months imprisonment, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $300 fine and a $100 special assessment.

The violation occurred after Poynor signed a Missouri Sex Offender Registration Form on July 2, 2014, then shortly thereafter, traveled to Illinois, where he resided until his arrest on July 12, 2015, without updating his Missouri Sex Offender Registration Form or registering as a sex offender in the State of Illinois. In 2007, a jury in Butler County, Missouri, found Poynor guilty of Child Molestation in the First Degree and Sexual Misconduct Involving a Child.

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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit For more information about internet safety education, please visit 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 September 21, 2016

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