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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Bristol Man Sentenced for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – A previously convicted sex offender, who moved from Georgia to Virginia without properly fulfilling the registration requirements for sex offenders, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon after previously pleading guilty.

Scott Stewart Cammorto, 36, of Bristol, Va., pled guilty in December 2015 to one count of knowingly failing to register as sex offender.  Today in District Court, Cammorto was sentenced to 41 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by 8 years’ supervised release.

“The registration and monitoring of sex offenders is an important tool for protecting the community and keeping our citizens safe,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today. “When individuals fail to fulfill their requirements under the rules of that ystem they must be held accountable.”

According to evidence presented by Special Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Jayne, in 1999 Cammorto was convicted in Georgia of rape and related offenses which required him to register as a sex offender.  Upon his release from prison in 2013, Cammorto registered as a sex offender in Georgia.  But in January 2014, Cammorto moved without updating his sex offender registration or otherwise notifying Georgia authorities.  Georgia issued a warrant for his arrest. 

In April 2015, Cammorto and his then-girlfriend moved from Georgia to Bristol, Virginia and established residency there.  Again, Cammorto did not update his sex offender registration in Georgia and did not register as a sex offender in Virginia.  Cammorto was arrested by Bristol, Virginia authorities in May 2015 after Cammorto was involved in a domestic dispute.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Marshals Service.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Kevin L. Jayne prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated May 12, 2016