Friday, October 30, 2020

Rapid City Man Indicted for Failure to Register as Sex Offender

 United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man was charged in federal district court with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Jose Padilla, age 52, was indicted on September 9, 2020.  Padilla appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on October 27, 2020, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.  The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

Padilla was convicted of Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Child in January 2000.  As a result of the conviction, he is required to register as a sex offender for life.  The Indictment alleges between November 23, 2014, and continuing through the date of Indictment, Padilla failed to properly register as a sex offender and update his registration.  The charge is merely an accusation and Padilla is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

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

Padilla was released on bond.  A trial date has not been set. 

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