Jeremy Smith Pleads Not Guilty To Failing To Register As Sex Offender
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Jeremy Smith, 36, who until recently had lived in Troy, New York, pleaded not guilty today in United States District Court in Burlington to a charge that travelled in interstate commerce without updating his registration under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy ordered that Smith be detained pending trial, which has not been scheduled.
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.
The United States Attorney emphasizes that the charge against Smith is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty.
If convicted, Smith faces up to ten years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000. The actual sentence would be determined with reference to federal sentencing guidelines.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Smith is represented by Assistant Federal Defender David McColgin. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.