From the US Attorney's Office
BEAUMONT, TX – United States Attorney John M. Bales announced today that Clarence Robert Ward, a 57 year old Trinity, Texas man, has pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to register as a sex offender during a hearing before Judge Thad Heartfield.
According to information presented in court, Ward was convicted of Indecent Contact with a Minor in Polk County, Iowa in 1998. As a result of this conviction, Ward is required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. Sometime in March 2010, Ward moved to Huntsville, Texas and then in late 2011, he moved from Huntsville to Trinity, Texas. Ward failed to update his sex offender registration with the State of Iowa or to initiate registration with the State of Texas.
Ward faces a term of imprisonment of not more than10 years, a fine not to exceed $250,000.00 and a term of supervised release of not less than 5 years or up to life.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.