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Richard Borden Sentenced To 18 Months After Conviction For Failure To Register As A Sex Offender

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

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Richard Borden, 37, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Burlington after his conviction for traveling across state lines and failing to register or update his registration as a sex offender. U.S. District Judge William K. Sessions III sentenced Borden to an 18-month term of imprisonment to be followed by a 5-year period of supervised release.

Borden was convicted of sexual assault in 2000 in Bennington County, a crime for which he received a sentence of 4-20 years’ imprisonment. Borden served 14 years in custody in that case. Approximately three weeks after his release from state custody in summer 2014, Borden was arrested for failure to comply with Vermont’s sex offender registry law. In November 2014, Borden was charged federally with a violation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), after it was learned that Borden had been residing for several weeks in Hoosick Falls, New York, without notifying Vermont or New York authorities as required by law. Under federal law, an individual required to register under SORNA generally must register or update his registration as a sex offender whenever he travels interstate.

This matter was investigated by the United States Marshals Service, with the assistance of the Bennington Police Department, the Vermont State Police, the Vermont Department of Corrections, and the Hoosick Falls, New York Police Department. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin J. Doyle. Borden was represented by Elizabeth Quinn, Esq. and Steven Barth, Esq. of the Federal Defender’s Office.

Updated October 14, 2015