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November 20, 2012 DUSM Jason Matthew District of Columbia Superior Court
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Marshals Arrest Sex Offender on Charges for Felony Failure to Register

WASHINGTON – Benjamin Jennings, a sex offender registered in Washington, D.C. was arrested Friday on charges of felony failure to register as a sex offender, announced U.S. Marshal Michael Hughes, U.S. Marshal for Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

In April 1998, Jennings was convicted of first degree sexual abuse (rape - adult victim) and sentenced to 3 years incarceration with a term of 3 years probation to follow. In 2000, Jennings registered with the sex offender registry in Washington, D.C. as a Class “A” offender, required by law to register every ninety days for life.

In September 2010, Fairfax County, Va. issued a warrant for Jennings for failure to register. Jennings had been working in Va. and failed to notify the Commonwealth of Virginia of his status as a sex offender.

In September 2011, members of the United States Marshals, D.C. Superior Court Warrant Squad arrested Jennings on the warrant issued out of Fairfax County, Va. Jennings at the time of arrest was staying at the 4100 block of Hayes Street NE in Washington, D.C. This was the residence of Jennings’ girlfriend and mother of his children. Jennings was convicted in Va. for failure to register and received a 12 month suspended sentence.

In May 2012 Jennings last updated his sex offender registry. August 2012, U.S. Marshals Service, D.C. Superior Court Sex Offender Investigations Section received a request for assistance into further investigation of Jennings. At the time, Jennings had not updated his registry within the 90 day requirement, therefore violating his status with the DC Sex Offender Registry.

Due to the previous arrest and conviction for failure to register out of Va., a warrant for felony failure to register was issued out of D.C. Superior Court for Jennings. On Nov. 16, 2012, members of the U.S. Marshals, D.C. Superior Court Sex Offender Investigations Section located and arrested Jennings. At the time of arrest, Jennings was also wanted on an Outstanding Paternity Support warrant.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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