Sioux Falls Man Indicted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender | USAO-SD

United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Cletus Gerald Williams, III, a/k/a C.J. Williams, age 25, was indicted on January 11, 2022.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 14, 2022, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, five years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

Williams was convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in April 2017.  As a result of this conviction, he is required to register as a sex offender.  It is alleged that between October 28, 2021, and January 4, 2022, Williams, a person required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, and a sex offender by reason of conviction under Federal Law, failed to properly register as a sex offender and update his registration.

The charge is merely an accusation and Williams is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson is prosecuting the case.   

Williams was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

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