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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Pascagoula Man Sentenced for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

Gulfport, Miss. – Clynn Partee, 46, of Pascagoula, Mississippi, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr.  to a term of 21 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release for failure to register as a sex offender,  announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst.  Partee was also ordered to pay a $2,100 fine.  He entered a guilty plea to the charge on November 28, 2018 before Judge Guirola.  

In 2006, Partee was convicted in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault against a 12-year old female victim.  He was sentenced to eight years with the Illinois Department of Corrections and deemed a Tier III Sex Offender with a lifetime registration requirement.   After he was released from custody in Illinois, Partee moved to Mississippi in 2015.  He did not register as required when he departed Illinois, and he did not register within the required time of his arrival in Mississippi. 

In September 2018, Pascagoula Police officers responded to a disturbance call at a hotel in Pascagoula and encountered Partee.  While Partee was not arrested during that encounter, a National Criminal Information Center database check was conducted regarding him.  It was brought to the attention of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office that Partee was a convicted sex offender and that he had been listed as a non-compliant sex offender in Illinois.  The Sheriff's Office contacted the U.S. Marshals Service, which conducted further investigation. 

The Marshals Service learned that Partee had never registered as a sex offender in the State of Mississippi and the State of Mississippi had not received a notification from the State of Illinois indicating the Defendant’s intent to relocate to Mississippi. The Marshals Service investigation concluded that Partee’s current residence was at a hotel in Pascagoula that also routinely houses a wide variety of people including children.  Partee was arrested by local law enforcement officials as a non-compliant sex offender in September 2018 and subsequent to his federal indictment, Partee was arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Service in October 2018. 

In failing to register as a sex offender when he moved from Illinois to Mississippi, Partee knowingly and willfully violated the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, also known as the Adam Walsh Act. 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service, law enforcement officials in the State of Illinois, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Pascagoula Police Department.  It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stan Harris.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated February 21, 2019