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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Shreveport Man Pleads Guilty To Failing To Update His Sex Offender Registration

SHREVEPORT, La. –A Shreveport man pleaded guilty on Monday for failing to register his correct address for his sex offender identification, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today.

Michael Thomas Cupp, 60, of Shreveport, pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, to one count of failure to update his sex offender registration.  According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, starting in January 2009, Cupp listed his sex offender registration as being in Texas.  However, upon investigation, it was determined that Cupp had never lived in the state.  Cupp was originally convicted of forcible rape, incest, carnal knowledge of a juvenile and indecent behavior with a juvenile in State District Court in Baton Rouge in 1992.  After completion of his prison sentence, he began living in Shreveport in 1998.  Cupp then registered his address in Panola County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office in April of 2009, but after a compliance check of sex offenders in 2012, he was found to have been living and working continuously in Shreveport.

Cupp faces up to 10 years in prison, five years to life of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.  A sentencing date of November 10, 2014 has been set.

The U.S. Marshal’s Service, Panola County Sheriff’s Office in Texas, and the Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Allison D. Bushnell is prosecuting the case.

Updated January 26, 2015