Acting United States Attorney Dennis Holmes announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
Michael Lovejoy, Jr., age 38, was indicted on June 8, 2021. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on June 10, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, five years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that between September 28, 2020, and April 29, 2021, Lovejoy, a person required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, and a sex offender by reason of conviction under state law, failed to properly register as a sex offender and update his registration.
The charge is merely an accusation and Lovejoy is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case.
Lovejoy was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.
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