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PAWTUCKET â€“ A convicted sex offender from Wisconsin who is facing new sex charges in the state courts was slapped with a 46-month jail term in federal prison for failing to register when he moved here in 2011.
Gilberto Morales, 30, of Pawtucket appeared for sentencing Wednesday before U.S. District Judge John J. McConnell Jr., who also ordered Morales to serve 10 years supervised release upon the completion of his jail term.
Morales pleaded guilty in federal court on June 12 to two counts of failing to register as a sex offender after moving from Wisconsin to Pawtucket in June or July the previous year. Federal prosecutors said Morales has a 25-year duty to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), and also under Wisconsin and Rhode Island state law.
In February 2003, Morales was convicted in Wisconsin of second degree sexual assault of a child. He was also convicted in Wisconsin in September 2006 with failing to register as a sex offender under state law.
SORNA requires registered sex offenders to register and keep their registration current in each jurisdiction in which they reside, work, or go to school, and to make periodic in-person appearances to verify and update their registration information, said U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha.
Shortly after Moralesâ€™s arrest in Rhode Island in July 2011 for failing to register as a sex offender, an investigation by Pawtucket Police Department resulted in charges that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old city girl. The assault allegedly took place shortly after Morales moved to Rhode Island, according to Police Chief Paul King.
Morales is currently awaiting trial in the stateâ€™s Superior Court on two counts each of first- and second-degree child molestation and one count of failure to register as a sex offender.