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Warren County Man Sentenced to 2 Years in Federal Prison for Federal Sex Offender Registry Violation

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

Bowling Green, KY – A Warren County, Kentucky man was sentenced today to 2 years in federal prison for failing to update his Sex Offender Registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky and United States Marshal Gary B. Burman of the Western District of Kentucky made the announcement.

According to court documents, Kelly Lamont Mason, 52, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, was sentenced to 2 years in prison, followed by a 5-year term of supervised release, for one count of failing to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Mason was required to register by reason of a conviction under state law and knowingly failed to update a registration as required by SORNA.

On June 26, 2003, Mason pleaded guilty to counts of sexual battery by an authority figure in violation of Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-527, in the 20th Judicial District, Judicial Division III, Criminal Court of Davidson County, Tennessee, Case Number 2002-C-1636. This prior criminal conviction carries a lifetime registration requirement under SORNA, which Mason was both aware of and previously affirmed his knowledge of by signed document.  In the summer of 2023, Mason moved to Warren County, Kentucky, where he knowingly failed to update his SORNA registration.

There is no parole in the federal system.  

The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service.

Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Nicholas Rabold, of the U.S. Attorney’s Bowling Green Branch Office, prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”


Updated May 20, 2024