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Man Pleads Guilty to Failure to Register as Sex Offender

Joe Dale Loomis, 57, pleaded guilty Monday in District Court to one count of failure to register as a sex offender, U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.

As part of his plea, Loomis admitted that he was convicted of first-degree sodomy, a sex offense involving a minor, in Oregon in 1991. On or about October 22, 2013, Loomis traveled from Oregon to St. Croix. From that time through August 19, 2014, Loomis remained on St. Croix but knowingly failed to register as a sex offender, in violation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

No sentencing date has been set. Loomis is facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rami S. Badawy and Everard E. Potter.

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