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Texas Man Sentenced For Adam Walsh Act Violation

  United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 28-year-old Atlanta, Texas man has been sentenced for federal sex offender registry violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

  Jerry Ray Phillips pleaded guilty to the felony offense of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender on September 19, 2008 and was sentenced today to 36 months in federal prison by United States District Judge John Ward.   

  The Adam Walsh Act, which is found in 18 United States Code 2250, makes it a crime for a sex offender to travel in interstate commerce, and fail to register as a sex offender in the state where he plans to reside, work, or attend school. 

  According to information presented in court, in 2004, Phillips was convicted of a 2nd degree felony of Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact in Cass, County Texas, and was sentenced to two years imprisonment.  In 2006, he was notified by prison officials that he was to register annually as a sex offender.  After registering initially in Texas, Phillips moved to Arkansas and New York to reside.  However, he failed to register as a sexual offender in either of those states, in direct violation of the Adam Walsh Act.  Phillips was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 3, 2008.

  This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of 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 (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

  This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Denise Simpson.     



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