Grafton County man pleads guilty to failing to register as sex offender

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CONCORD –– An Alexandria man pleaded guilty on Monday to failing to register as a sex offender, according to U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young.

Rex Jason Sumner, 52, admitted to the charge in federal court. U.S. District Court Judge Landya McCafferty has set Sumner’s sentencing for Jan. 22, 2024. Sumner was initially charged on July 19, 2023.

Sumner is a Tier III sex offender, required to register for life.

He was released from prison in Oklahoma in 2018 and had been registering with Oklahoma authorities at an Oklahoma address, despite living in New Hampshire since early 2023.

Sumner periodically returned to Oklahoma to update his registration, falsely claiming to still reside in the state.

The charging statute carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a minimum of five years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

Sentences are determined by a federal district court judge, based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and relevant laws.

The United States Marshals Service led the investigation into Sumner’s case.

Assistance was provided by several law enforcement agencies, including the Alexandria, Plymouth, and Meredith Police Departments, New Hampshire State Police, the New England State Police Information Network, the Garvin County (OK) Sheriff’s Office, and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kasey Weiland is prosecuting the case.

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