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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Clinton, Pa., Sex Offender Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison For Violating The Terms Of His Supervised Release

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Clinton, Pa., had his term of supervised release revoked and was sentenced in federal court to three years imprisonment to be followed by a 15-year term of supervised release, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond imposed the sentence on Sherwood Stevenson, 76.

According to information presented to the court, Stevenson pretended to be the grandfather of a 12-year old boy during a field trip at the Carnegie Science Center. Stevenson offered candy to the boy and asked him if he wanted to go to the movies sometime. When it was learned that Stevenson was not the boy’s grandfather, the Pittsburgh Police were called. Stevenson provided a false name, date of birth and Social Security number to the Pittsburgh Police. Once detained, the Pittsburgh Police learned his true identity and discovered that he was a registered sex offender. In addition, Stevenson failed to update his Pennsylvania Megan’s Law registration as required when released from prison on Dec. 5, 2014. He also failed to report for mental health treatment on each occasion when it was scheduled in January and February, 2015.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Diamond stated that the protection of society was paramount in his decision to sentence Stevenson to the maximum statutory period of imprisonment of three years.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Stevenson.

Updated July 14, 2015