California man sentenced to a year for failure to register as sex offender

Posted July 27, 2013, at 1:21 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A California man was sentenced earlier this week in U.S. District Court to a year and a day in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender when he moved to Maine more than two years ago.

Jaime M. Harrison, 31, of Santa Clara, Calif., cut his electronic monitoring bracelet and moved to Somerset County to meet a woman he had communicated with online, according to court documents.

Harrison was convicted in 2005 in Palo Alto, Calif., Superior Court on three sex charges involving a minor under the age of 16, according to the prosecution version of events to which he pleaded guilty in federal court in March. He was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of parole.

When individuals who are convicted of sex crimes in other states move to Maine, they are required to register as sex offenders with local law enforcement in the community in which they reside.

According to documents filed in federal court, Harrison was arrested in March 2011 by Skowhegan police. The circumstances of his arrest were not available Friday.

He was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2012 and arrested the following month in California. A judge in U.S. District Court in San Jose on Dec. 17 ordered that Harrison be held without bail. He pleaded not guilty to failure to register as a sex offender a month later in federal court in Bangor.

In addition to prison time, U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock on Tuesday sentenced Harrison to five years of supervised release to be completed after he is released from prison. The time he has been held without bail is expected to be applied to his sentence.

Harrison faced up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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