CONCORD NHUnited States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today that Paul Dwayne Allen, 31, of Lebanon pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Allen was convicted of felonious sexual assault in Grafton County in 2008 and was required to register under the federal Sex Offender and Registration Notification Act (SORNA). After being released from prison, Allen registered as a sex offender for several years before moving to Florida in 2015 and continued to register while living in Florida. However, in approximately July of 2017, Allen left Florida without notifying authorities and moved back to New Hampshire. On October 7, 2017, Allen was arrested in Enfield and was instructed to register as a sex offender on the following day, but failed to do so. On October 27, 2017, the United States Marshals Service located Allen in Lebanon took him into custody.

Allen is scheduled to be sentenced on December 19, 2018.

“Sex offender registration protects public safety by helping to monitor and track sex offenders who are living in the community,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “In order to protect the public, we will be aggressive in prosecuting sex offenders who fail to comply with their registration obligations.”

The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service with assistance from the Enfield and the Lebanon Police Departments and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Arnold H. Huftalen