(McALLEN, Texas) – A previously convicted sex offender who failed to register as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) upon moving to Texas has been sentenced to prison, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. SORNA was enacted on July 27, 2006, as part of The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.
United States District Judge Randy Crane sentenced Kenneth Kline Jr., 51, of Mission, Texas to eight months imprisonment without parole at a hearing this afternoon.
In October 2007, Kline was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile “by committing a lewd and lascivious act upon a juvenile under the age of 17,” in the 21st Judicial District Court, Livingston Parish, La. At that time, he was sentenced to a five-year-term of probation with several conditions including that he register as a sex offender. In June 2008, Louisiana state records show Kline registered as a sex offender while residing in Denham Springs, La., and was then further instructed he would have to register as a sex offender in any other jurisdiction he should move to in the future. On Nov. 7, 2008, the State of Louisiana issued a warrant for Kline for leaving the state without permission of his probation officer, another condition of his probationary sentence.
In June 2009, as a result of the investigation conducted by the United States Marshals Service, Kline was found living in Mission, Texas, and arrested. The investigation showed Kline had moved from his Louisiana residence in October 2008 and had been residing in Mission since February 2009. Kline had not registered with the Texas Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry as required.
Arrested in June and convicted in August 2010, Kline has been in federal custody without bond since his arrest and will remain in custody to serve his sentence. Judge Crane has ordered Kline to a three-year-term of supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence.
Assistant United States Attorney Juan F. Alanis prosecuted the case.