William Dean Locke, a 35-year-old Watertown man, was sentenced to 2 ½ years in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender. The sentencing occurred on August 28, 2023; Locke was indicted by a federal grand jury in March 2023 and pleaded guilty on June 5, 2023.
The conviction stems from Locke’s failing to register as a sex offender as required by state law between December 30, 2021, and October 19, 2022. Locke had previously been convicted of a sex offense in state court, which required him to register for the rest of his life. The U.S. Marshals Service investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann M. Hoffman prosecuted the case.
Locke was also sentenced to five years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Special Victims Fund.
The release provided the following information on Project Safe Childhood:
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children and identify and rescue victims.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc. Locke was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.