CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A convicted sex offender who admitted he moved to Wood County without notifying authorities faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
Randall K. Taylor, 47, pleaded guilty Monday to failing to update his sex offender registration before U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
Taylor was convicted in February 1991 of gross sexual imposition in Franklin County, Ohio. His conviction required him to register as a sex offender and in June 2011 he was registered in Ohio.
U.S. Marshals found during their investigation that Taylor traveled to Rockport in Wood County where he lived from September 2011 to May 2012. He did not update his registry while he lived in West Virginia, the release said.
Taylor admitted he knew he was supposed to update the registry after traveling to West Virginia.
Taylor also faces a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Feb. 4.
The U.S. Marshals Service conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Johnston handled the prosecution.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.