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New Iberia Man Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Failing to Update Sex Offender Registration

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

LAFAYETTE, La. –United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a New Iberia man was sentenced to 15 months in prison for failing to update his sex offender registration.

Rodger Dale Seilhan, 63, of New Iberia, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik for one count of failure to register pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. He was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release.  According to evidence presented at the May 14, 2014 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.

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 John Luke Walker prosecuted the case.

Updated January 30, 2015