The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, has announced that Gary James Neel, 40, of Wagoner, was found guilty by a federal jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
Charges arose from an investigation by the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Department, the Denver and Aurora, Colorado Police Departments and the United States Marshal Services in Muskogee, and Denver, Colo. The defendant was indicted in December, 2012.
The evidence presented at trial proved that from in or about Sept. 5, 2012 until on or about Oct. 4, 2012, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, and elsewhere, the defendant an individual required to register as a Sex Offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, after having received a felony conviction from the State of New York, Saint Lawrence County, on or about June 26, 1998, for the felony offense of Attempted Sexual Abuse, First Degree, with a Child Less Than 11 Years Old, traveled in interstate commerce and knowingly failed to register and update his registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
The Honorable James H. Payne, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the trial. The defendant will remain in custody of the United States Marshal Service pending sentencing.
The statutory range of punishment is 10 years imprisonment and/or up to $250,000 in fines.