Sex offender going to prison for failing to register

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ALBANY – Delbert Tibbs, age 28, was sentenced Thursday to 35 months in prison, to be followed by a 5-year term of supervised release, for failing to register in New York as a sex offender after he fled Tennessee and relocated to Ellenville.

The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette Bacon and United States Marshal David McNulty.

On April 9, 2021, Tibbs pled guilty to one count of failure to register as a sex offender.  During his plea hearing, Tibbs acknowledged that, due to two sexual assault convictions in 2015 in Tennessee, he is required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and to keep that registration current. Tibbs also acknowledged that, following his departure from Tennessee, which he accomplished by removing a court-required GPS tracking device, he did not timely register his change of address with authorities in either Tennessee or New York.

This case was investigated the United States Marshals Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Emily Powers.