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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Lake Charles man sentenced to 33 months in prison for failing to register as a sex offender

LAKE CHARLES, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a Lake Charles resident was sentenced to 33 months in prison for not registering as a sex offender.

Michael Dewain Dugas Smith, 35, of Lake Charles, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi on one count of failure to register pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release. According to evidence presented at the February 10, 2015 guilty plea, Smith was previously convicted in January 10, 2007 in the 18th Judicial District Court in Brevard County, Fla., of sexual battery with use of actual physical force. After he was released from prison in Florida in January of 2013, he moved to Louisiana but did not register as a sex offender as required by law. Smith was arrested in February of 2013 in Lake Charles for disturbing the peace. He later admitted to agents that he traveled to Louisiana where he has relatives and did not register as a sex offender.

The U.S. Marshals Service conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard C. Parker prosecuted the case.

Updated May 26, 2015