Burlington Man Sentenced for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

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Davenport, IA – Carlos Bhaiman Wesley, age 28, of Burlington, was sentenced to 21 months of imprisonment for failing to update his sex offender registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). After he is released from prison, Wesley will serve five years of supervised release.

According to court documents, Wesley was required to register as a sex offender and comply with SORNA because of his 2013 Wisconsin conviction for Third-Degree Sexual Assault. Wesley absconded from supervision and moved to Burlington. Wesley did not register as a sex offender in the State of Iowa and did not register his out-of-state move with the Wisconsin sex offender registry, in violation of SORNA.

U.S. Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The U.S. Marshals Service and the West Burlington Police Department investigated the case.

SORNA is part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 and provides a comprehensive set of minimum standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States. SORNA seeks to strengthen the nationwide network of sex offender registration and notification programs, in part by requiring registered sex offenders to register and keep their registration current in each jurisdiction in which they reside, work, or go to school.