Convicted sex offender faces 10 years in prison

News-DemocratJuly 26, 2013 

A man who was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in 2005 in Madison County has pleaded guilty for failing to register as a sex offender in St. Louis.

David M. Hightower, 22, pleaded guilty in federal court in East St. Louis Thursday for failing to register as a sex offender, according to Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Hightower faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000. Once he serves his sentence, Hightower will have up to five years of supervised release.

According to court documents, Hightower failed to register as a sex offender from July 14, 2009, through Feb. 22 while he lived in St. Louis.

Hightower acknowledged that he understood the conditions of maintaining his sex offender registration requirements by signing an Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act Notification Form on July 13, 2009. Hightower was interviewed by a law enforcement officer on Feb. 12 in St. Louis, in relation to another charge, when it was learned that an active warrant was in effect in Madison County for his failure to register as a sex offender.

In the interview, he admitted to having lived in Missouri when the violation occurred, and not having registered as a sex offender in Missouri until Feb. 23. Because of his failure to register in Missouri within three days of entering and his failure to update his registration in Illinois, Hightower was charged in federal court.

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