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Man living in Metairie charged for failing to register as sex offender

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An Alabama man living in Metairie has been indicted on federal charges that he failed as a sex offender.

FOX 8 News received this press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans Friday afternoon:

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JAMES W. HENLEY, age 45, a resident of Metairie, Louisiana, was charged in an indictment by a Federal Grand Jury today for failure to register as a sex offender, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

According to documents filed in federal court, in 1995, HENLEY pled guilty to Rape in the Second Degree, a class B felony, in the Circuit Court of Covington County, Alabama. HENLEY was sentenced to fifteen (15) years imprisonment under the Habitual Offender Act. Prior to HENLEY's release, on January 23, 2001, he was advised that he would have to register/notify law enforcement authorities of his address for the next 25 years. HENLEY was released from custody on March 27, 2002.

HENLEY was last released from custody on October 4, 2012 and he failed to appear for an October 19, 2012 appointment with his probation officer. In addition, HENLEY failed to complete a new registration form indicating where he was working and/or living. A warrant was issued for his arrest and the U.S. Marshal's Service was notified.

Deputy U.S. Marshals observed HENLEY walking along Metairie Lawn Drive in Metairie, Louisiana. HENLEY was placed under arrest and advised of his Miranda rights. Marshals confirmed that HENLEY had not registered with either Jefferson Parish or any law enforcement agency in the state of Louisiana. Further, HENLEY failed to notify the authorities in Alabama that he had moved to Louisiana.

If convicted of the failure to register charge, HENLEY faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a fine of $250,000 and up to three (3) years of supervised release.

U. S. Attorney Boente reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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.

The case was investigated by the United States Marshals and prosecution of this case is being handled by Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.

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