November 14, 2012

Washington Sex Offender Accused of Impersonating Soldier

by The Law Office of Timothy L. Healy

It's understandable that someone labeled as a sex offender after being convicted of a sexual crime would want to start over again, proving to society that he or she can go on to be a productive member of society, unhindered by the label of being a registered sex offender. folder.jpg

Tacoma sex crimes defense attorneys know how tough it can be with all the restrictions and sanctions placed on these individuals who have already served their time and paid their debts to society. A sex offender label will automatically prevent you from landing certain jobs (and most employers will find almost any reason not to hire you). It can be tough to find housing when you are restricted as to where you may live, and housing associations may be loathe to grant you residence.

But one man from Tacoma allegedly went about starting a new life the wrong way, and now he's been caught.

According to Vermont local media, the defendant had been living as someone else. Back in 2005, he was convicted for assaulting a 5-year-old girl. He was placed on the Washington State Sex Offender Registry.

That same year, in Tacoma, a staff sergeant had his vehicle stolen. Inside that car were his U.S. Department of Defense documents, as well as his full name, birth date and Social Security number.

He reported it all stolen.

But later, while he was serving in Iraq, his wife called to let him know that someone in Washington state had used his credit card. He called and canceled the card. The bank called him soon after to let him know someone claiming to be him was trying to buy a car in Washington State.

Then in 2009, while on another Iraq tour, the soldier got an income tax bill from Vermont, saying he owed some $2,500. He responded to the tax offices, saying he had never been to Vermont or worked for anyone in Vermont.

Two years later, the soldier got a $1,300 bill from the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Vermont. Before long, he received $4,000 in bills.

A Veterans Special Affairs agent began to investigate, and later learned that someone had applied in 2006 for an ID at the local Department of Motor Vehicles - using his identity.

Using this, agents were able to track down the suspect - evidence led them to the Tacoma sex offender. At the time of his arrest, he reportedly had several guns in his possession and a U.S. passport with his name and the soldier's age and birth date. He was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, as well as false statement in application of a passport. Additional charges are likely to follow.

Washington state's Sex Offender Registry lists him as non-compliant. This could potentially result in additional penalties for the defendant, under RCW 9A.44.130. This statute requires that any adult or juvenile required to register must give their name, any aliases, accurate residential address, date of birth, place of employment, crime for which they were convicted and when, Social Security number, photograph and fingerprints. If he or she moves, she has to notify the local sheriff within three days, and same thing if he or she accepts a job or enrolls in classes at an educational institution.

If you are a sex offender who has gotten in trouble for failing to register or meet the terms of your parole or probation, we can help.

Timothy L. Healy defends individuals arrested for sex crimes or other serious misdemeanor and felony charges. Call the 24-hour hotline at 888-312-3093 for a free and confidential consultation.

Additional Resources:
Sex offender accused of impersonating soldier in Vermont, Oct. 4, 2012, By Matt Ryan, Burlington Free Press

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