Montgomery, Alabama - Samuel P. Wadsworth, 41, a resident of Houston County, Alabama, was sentenced to federal prison for a federal felony conviction for failing to register as a sex offender, United States Attorney George L. Beck, Jr., announced today.
A federal grand jury indicted Wadsworth in June 2012, for one count of failing to register and update a registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. Back in 2005, Wadsworth was convicted of one count of sexual abuse first degree in Russell County, Alabama. Due to this conviction, Wadsworth is required to register in Alabama and keep his registration current. During Wadsworth’s guilty plea hearing he admitted that he knew he was required to register, that from 2008 to 2011 he registered as a sex offender in Alabama, and that prior to moving to another state he must notify the Houston County Sheriff’s Office of his intention to move. Further, Wadsworth admitted that he traveled from Alabama to Florida and failed to update his sex offender registry in Alabama.
Chief United States District Judge W. Keith Watkins sentenced Wadsworth to thirty (30) months imprisonment to be followed by five (5) years of supervised release. Chief Judge Watkins noted that Wadsworth had not only failed to register but also attempted to rob a store, attempted to rob a bank, and robbed a bank while he was unregistered. Wadsworth remains in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending placement by the Bureau of Prisons.
This case was investigated jointly by the United States Marshals Service and Houston County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jerusha T. Adams prosecuted the case.