Local sex offender headed to prison

HUNTINGTON – A Wood County man was sentenced to prison Monday in U.S. District Court on a charge of violating the federal sex offender registration law.

Randall K. Taylor, 48, Rockport, pleaded guilty in October to failure to update his sex offender registration under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

He was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Chief Judge Robert C. Chambers to a year-and-a-half in federal prison followed by 15 years of supervised release.

In February 1991, Taylor was convicted in Ohio of gross sexual imposition with specification. As a result of his felony conviction, Taylor was required to register as a sex offender. On June 22, 2011, Taylor registered as a sex offender in Ohio.

An investigation conducted by the United States Marshals Service in the Southern District of West Virginia revealed Taylor traveled in interstate commerce to Rockport, W.Va., where he resided from September 2011 through May 17, 2012. The investigation further revealed Taylor failed to update his sex offender registration as required by law.