United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Bismarck, North Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
Dorian Lester, age 26, was indicted on July 6, 2022. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on July 8, 2022, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that Lester, who had previously been convicted of a sex crime and required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, failed to do so between May 20, 2022, and July 6, 2022.
The charge is merely an accusation and Lester is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.
Lester was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has been set for September 13, 2022.