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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Salem Man Sentenced for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced today the sentencing of a Salem, Virginia man who was previously convicted of failing to registering as convicted sex offender.

Anthony Dean Iafornaro, 58, of Salem, Virginia, pled guilty today in March to one count of failing to register as a previously convicted sex offender. Today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke, Iafornaro was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison and five years of supervised release thereafter.

“The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act is a tool used by law enforcement and the community to keep track of those individuals who have previously broken the law,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today. “When these individual, like Mr. Iafornaro, break the law again by failing to register, as they are required to, under SORNA, they must be held accountable.”

According to evidence presented at previous hearings by Assistant United States Attorney Charlene R. Day, Iafornaro was convicted of attempting to kidnap a minor in the State of Montana in February 2005. Upon his release, he relocated to the Commonwealth of Virginia and was required, by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, to register as a previously convicted sex offender.  While Iafornaro did register under SORNA when first arriving in Virginia, he failed to keep his registration up-to-date after acknowledging his requirements to do so.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Virginia State Police.  Assistant United States Attorney Charlene R. Day prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated July 5, 2016