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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Georgia Man Living In PA Admits Failing To Register As A Sex Offender

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of failing to register as a sex offender, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Christopher DeWayne Hayes, 50, formerly of Turner County, Georgia, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from June 12, 2014 to Feb. 5, 2015, Hayes, while living in Pennsylvania, failed to register as a sex offender, as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. He was required to register by reason of his 1990 conviction in the State of Georgia for child molestation of a child under the age of 14 years.

Judge Bissoon scheduled sentencing for Sept. 9, 2015, at 10 a.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000.00, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The court detained Hayes pending his sentencing hearing.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Marshal Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Christopher DeWayne Hayes.

Updated July 14, 2015