A Parkersburg man who failed to update his sex offender registration has been sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison followed by 10 years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin reports.
Dwaine Allen Collins, also known as "Dwaine Allen Cline," 54, had been convicted of failing to update his sex offender status after a bench trial in September.
He had previously been convicted of two counts of indecent liberties with a child in the Cumberland County Superior Court, in Cumberland, N.C., in 1998. As part of his sentencing, he was required to register as a sex offender for 15 years under federal law. While Collins registered as a sex offender in Ohio in August 2001, when he moved to Parkersburg in 2011 he did not.
Goodwin said authorities conducted regional sweeps to check compliance of more than 1,000 sex offenders over the past year.
"Just last week, I joined fellow law enforcement officials in Beckley to announce the results of a blitz that netted 54 sex offenders who were out of compliance with the law," Goodwin said. "Our message was straightforward: If you are out of compliance, we will track you down and we will bring you to justice...This sentencing helps underscore that sex offender registration is not optional."
U.S. Marshals conducted the investigation, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Rada handling the prosecution. Sentencing was imposed by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Chambers.