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

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Shreveport man sentenced for failing to update his sex offender registration after moving to Texas

SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a Shreveport man was sentenced to 24 months in prison for failing to update his sex offender registration when he moved.

Justin Ray Merritt, 33, of Shreveport, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter on one count of failure to update his sex offender registration.  He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release. According to evidence presented at the February 26, 2015 guilty plea, Merritt reported his residence to be in Shreveport in December 17, 2013 as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. Merritt was discovered living in Texarkana, Texas, on August 14, 2014. He admitted to not updating his sex offender registration information when moving to Texarkana and to have been living there since November of 2013. He was convicted in 2004 of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Caddo Parish, which requires 15 years of sex offender registration.

The U.S. Marshals Service and Louisiana Probation and Parole conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth D. Reeg prosecuted the case.

Updated May 26, 2015