CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Charleston man could face up to 10 years in prison and a hefty fine after admitting he failed to update his status in the Sex Offender Registry.
Samuel Bailey Jr., 52, pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender Thursday before U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston.
Bailey was convicted of first-degree rape in Monroe County, N.Y., in 1979, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said in a statement. He was required to register as a sex offender for life.
He registered in West Virginia in July 2011. An investigation revealed that in September 2012 he traveled to Ohio where he lived in the Columbus area until March 2013. He did not register as a sex offender when he lived in Ohio and did not update his registry in West Virginia.
Bailey also faces a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Sept. 12.
The U.S. Marshals Service, with the assistance of State Police and Columbus police, conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erik Goes handled prosecution.
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