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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Vermont

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jeremy Smith Imprisoned For Failing To Register As Sex Offender

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Jeremy Smith, 37, of Petersburg, New York, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Burlington to 12 months plus one day of imprisonment following his guilty plea to a charge that travelled in interstate commerce without updating his registration under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.  Chief U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered that Smith serve five years of supervised release following completion of his prison sentence. 

On February 12, 2014, a federal grand jury in Rutland returned an indictment charging Smith with violating the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.  Smith was arrested by U.S. Marshals in South Carolina on February 21 and has been in custody since then.  According to the indictment and court records, Smith was convicted in Bennington, Vermont in 1999 of sexual assault on a minor.  That conviction requires him to register as a sex offender with officials of any state where he resides or to which he moves.  In early 2011, after being released from prison in Vermont, Smith moved to New York.  However, he did not register as a sex offender with New York officials.  Under federal law, when a sex offender moves from one state to another, he has three days to update his registration. 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

Smith is represented by Federal Public Defender Michael Desautels.   The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.

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Updated June 22, 2015