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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

New Iberia Man Pleads Guilty To Failing To Update His Sex Offender Registration

LAFAYETTE, La. –United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Rodger Dale Seilhan, 63, of New Iberia, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik to charges that he failed to update his sex offender registration.
           
According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, after failing to report his whereabouts to authorities for two years, the U.S. Marshals Service and other law enforcement agencies located Seilhan in New Iberia at a relative’s residence. He was arrested on March 11, 2014. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office in Texas arrested Seilhan on January 21, 1982 for aggravated sexual assault of a child, and he was later sentenced to 15 years in prison. After being released from prison, Seilhan reported residence changes to authorities while he lived in Texas until September 5, 2012. He was found to not be living at his last known address in Willis, Texas, after a sex offender verification check was conducted.

Seilhan faces up to 10 years in prison, five years to life of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine for one count of failure to update sex offender registration. A sentencing date was not set.

The U.S. Marshals Service, Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana State Police conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney James T. McManus is prosecuting the case.

Updated January 26, 2015