SHAWN N. ANDERSON, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that defendant TIMOTHY ROKE CEPEDA was sentenced in the United States District Court of Guam to 15 months imprisonment and five years of supervised release. This sentence follows Cepeda’s guilty plea on May 21, 2019, to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2250. Cepeda was also ordered to attend a Sex Offender Treatment Program at the Bureau of Prisons. Upon release, he must register with the Sex Offender Registry in any jurisdiction where he lives, works or attends school. The Court also authorized probation officers to search any of his electronic devices. In addition, Cepeda is prohibited from employment that would place him in direct contact with minors.
The U.S. Attorney reminds defendants who have committed sexual offenses that, under federal and local law, all sex offenders have a duty to register and keep their registration current with the Sex Offender Registry in their jurisdiction. Sex offenders who travel to Guam and reside on island must inform the Guam Sex Offender Registry where they reside, work or attend school. They must also periodically update their registration information. The Sex Offender Registry was created in an effort to protect the public and potential victims, prevent further victimization, and inform the public of the whereabouts of sex offenders. Guam’s Sex Offender Registry can be found online at the website for the Judiciary of Guam. www.guamcourts.org (link is external). The Department of Justice also funds the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) mobile application, which provides free access to sex offender data nationwide.
U.S. Attorney Anderson noted that this prosecution was part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood (PSC) initiative, a nationwide commitment to aggressively prosecute sexual predators who victimize children and adults, possess or receive child pornography, and otherwise fail to register with a Sex Offender Registry.
The U.S. Marshals Service conducted the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Rosetta L. San Nicolas, an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Guam.