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Wheeling man sentenced for failure to register as a sex offender

Updated: Tuesday, March 18 2014, 12:12 PM EDT
WHEELING, W.Va. – A Wheeling man was sentenced by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. for failure to register as a sex offender Tuesday morning.
U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced that Jonah L. Begay, 38, a sex offender from Utah who moved to Wheeling last year, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and five years of supervised release for “Failure to Register and Update Registration as a Sex Offender.”
Begay was previously convicted in Utah District Court of “Attempted Sexual Abuse of a Child” and as a result is required to register as a sex offender under both state and federal law.
His conviction in Utah involved a 10-year old victim. On Nov. 11, 2013, police officers were advised that an individual later identified Begay was being aggressive and appeared to be intoxicated in an area near Bridge Street Middle School.
Officers responded and arrested Begay and then learned that he had moved to Wheeling in June, and in October began working at the McDonald’s restaurant in the Elm Grove section of Wheeling. At no point did Begay update his registration with the State of Utah, nor did he register in the State of West Virginia.
Begay was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin and investigated by the  United  States  Marshals Service  and  the  West Virginia  State Police.

Wheeling man sentenced for failure to register as a sex offender

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