BECKLEY - A Wood County man was charged Tuesday with failing to register as a sex offender.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced Tuesday that a Beckley federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Randall K. Taylor, 47, with failing to register as a sex offender in September 2011 when he moved from Ohio to Rockport, Wood County.
Taylor was convicted of a sex offense in Ohio in 1991. He was required to update his registration under the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act when he traveled from Ohio to West Virginia, Goodwin said.
Taylor faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervised release, if found guilty of the federal charge.
The indictment was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, officials said.