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Former CT Resident Sentenced For Violating Sex Offender Registration Law

United States Court for the District of Connecticut in Bridgeport.
United States Court for the District of Connecticut in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut

A convicted sex offender who forced a teenager to view sexual activity has been sentenced after admitting to failing to register as a sex offender in Connecticut for nearly two years after claiming he moved to Puerto Rico.

Ismael Sanchez Colon has been sentenced to 10 months in prison, followed by three months of home confinement and five years of supervised release for violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). He pleaded guilty in September last year in Bridgeport District Court to violating SORNA following his conviction in Wisconsin for causing a child between the ages of 13 and 18 to view sexual activity.

In December 2001, Sanchez Colon, 44, was first convicted in Wisconsin, where he was sentenced to 60 days in prison, followed by five years probation. He was also ordered to comply with the sex offender registration requirements for a period of 15 years following the completion of his probation.

Sanchez Colon advised officials in Wisconsin that he was moving to Puerto Rico in March 2009. He began living in Connecticut around April 2016, based on food stamps and Husky healthcare benefits he obtained; however, he failed to register as a sex offender in the state. Sanchez Colon went on to work at a Waterbury restaurant and secured a Connecticut driver’s license.

While registered as a sex offender in Puerto Rico from April 2016 through March last year, Sanchez Colon continued to illegally live in Connecticut, though he traveled to Puerto Rico to update his registration. At no point did he advise officials in Connecticut, Wisconsin or Puerto Rico about his deception.

Sanchez Colon’s non-compliance with the sex offender registration requirements in Connecticut came to light when he attempted to use his Waterbury address in an effort to renew his passport. He’s been detained since his arrest on April 12 last year. Sanchez Colon faced a maximum term of up to 10 years in prison following his latest conviction. U.S. Attorney John Durham noted that Sanchez Colon has two previous convictions for SORNA violations, and will reside in Puerto Rico upon his release from prison.

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