(McALLEN, Texas) – Kenneth Kline Jr., 50, formerly of Denham Springs, La., and a current resident of Mission, Texas, has been arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) for failing to register as a sex offender in the state of Texas in violation of the Sexual Offender and Registration Act (SORNA) – part of The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.
Deputy marshals of the USMS arrested Kline at his present Mission residence on Friday, June 4. This morning, Kline made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Peter Ormsby. Judge Ormsby has ordered Kline to remain in custody without bond pending a hearing on the government’s motion to detain him in federal custody set for June 10, 2010, at 9:00 a.m.
According to allegations in a criminal complaint filed on Friday, Kline was convicted in the state of Louisiana in October 2007 of indecent behavior with a juvenile and placed on a five-year term of probation which included the condition that he register with law enforcement as a sex offender in the jurisdiction in which he lived then or in any other jurisdiction to which he might subsequently move. The complaint alleges Kline registered as a sex offender as ordered in June 2008 in Louisiana, but on Nov. 7, 2008, the State of Louisiana issued a warrant for his arrest, alleging he failed to comply with the terms probation by leaving the state without permission of his probation officer.
An investigation conducted by the USMS located Kline in Mission where he had allegedly resided since February 2009.
According to the criminal complaint, Kline failed to register as a sex offender with the Texas Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry upon moving from Louisiana to Texas.
Failure to register as a sex offender carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine up to $250,000 and a term of supervised release of no less than five years and up to life.
Assistant United States Attorney Juan F. Alanis is prosecuting the case.
A complaint is a merely an accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.