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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Washington Park Woman Pleads Guilty To Failure To Register As A Sex Offender

On April 16, 2014, Amber M. Salts, 27, of Washington Park, Illinois, pled guilty in federal court, in East St. Louis, to failure to register as a sex offender, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Salts is scheduled for sentencing on August 1, 2014. She 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 June 2012 and June 2013, when Salts moved to Illinois from Missouri after being released from parole in 2012, following a conviction of Passing a Bad Check of $500 or More in Howell County, Missouri. She was required to register as a sex offender under both Illinois law and the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), because of her conviction of Permitting the Sexual Abuse of a Child on July 14, 2009, in Madison County, Illinois. Salts signed a Missouri sex registration compliance form on June 28, 2012, then traveled to Illinois where she resided since. Salt was interviewed by Fairview Heights police officers on January 8, 2014, after her arrest for shoplifting. She provided the officers with a Washington Park, Illinois, address and stated she last registered as a sex offender Illinois in October 2013. Salts admitted not having registered within the three-day timeframe after moving to Illinois. Salts knowingly failed to comply with either Illinois, Missouri and SORNA sex offender registration requirements.

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 Fairview Heights Police Department. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T Kapsak for prosecution.

Updated February 19, 2015