EAST ST. LOUIS — A Memphis man was found guilty in federal court Wednesday for failing to register as a sex offender.
Ronald Douglas, 59, will be sentenced Jan. 23, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said in a press release.
The violation occurred in 2012, when Douglas moved from Illinois to Tennessee after signing an Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act Notification Form on Jan. 9, 2012, requiring him to either update his sex offender registration in Illinois to reflect his change of address or register as a sex offender in Tennessee within three days. Douglas was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse on June 5, 1992, and July 8, 1999, in Madison County.
“The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act serves the important purpose of allowing persons to be aware of sex offenders who might be living in their neighborhoods,” Wigginton said. “I am pleased that this federal jury rightfully recognized the importance of this concept in finding this offender guilty of not complying with the law.”
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel T. Kapsak and Nathan D. Stump.