The U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Texas on July 7, 2011 released the following:
“FEDERAL JURY IN MIDLAND CONVICTS MAN FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER
United States Attorney John E. Murphy announced that this morning in Midland, a federal jury convicted 50-year-old Ernest Edward Wampler of two counts of traveling interstate and failing to register as sex offender.
Testimony and evidence at trial established that Wampler was convicted of sexual assault of a child in Midland County in 2001. When Wampler was released from prison in 2007, state officials explained to him his responsibilities to register as a sex offender and Wampler signed paperwork acknowledging that he understood those responsibilities. Furthermore, exhibits admitted at trial established that Wampler did register as a sex offender in Midland on two occasions in 2007, first upon his release from prison, and then when he changed his address.
Thereafter, however, Wampler moved out of state and claimed North Carolina residence to obtain a state identification card in Jacksonville, North Carolina in March 2009, but failed to register as a sex offender in that state. In March 2011, Wampler returned to Midland and worked for approximately a month without registering as a sex offender. Federal law requires that sex offender registration be accomplished within three days following any change in an offender’s address or employment.
United States Marshals arrested Wampler in Magnolia, Texas, in April 2011. When he was arrested, Wampler was in possession of identification cards, under an assumed name, from two carnival amusement companies that had employed him.
Wampler faces up to ten years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release per count. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 29, 2011.
Assistant United States Attorney John S. Klassen prosecuted the matter on behalf of the Government. The case was investigated by agents with the United States Marshals Service, the Midland Police Department and the North Carolina Department of Justice.”
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