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Teaneck Sex Offender Gets 3 Years in Federal Prison For Not Registering

Outside the Martin Luther King U.S. District Courthouse in Newark
Outside the Martin Luther King U.S. District Courthouse in Newark Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT

TEANECK, N.J. -- A convicted New York sex offender was sentenced to three years in federal prison Tuesday for failing to register when he moved to Teaneck in September 2013.

Richard Joseph, 43, used the aliases “Richard Beltre,” “Joseph Richards” and “Aaron Joseph,” among others, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said.

U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton convicted Joseph following a July bench trial of one count of failing to register or update a registration as required by law.

Wigenton also sentenced Joseph to serve three years of supervised release.

The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (“SORNA”) requires that all sex offenders who travel in interstate or foreign commerce register as a sex offender and keep that registration current in each jurisdiction where they live.

Joseph was required to register as a Tier III sex offender following a 2002 conviction in New York for rape, Fishman said.

He first registered as a sex offender in New York using the alias “Richard J. Beltre” in 2006, then failed to report to his parole officer there after being released from the custody of the N.Y. State Department Correctional Services in 2013, the U.S. attorney said.

He was eventually arrested on Oct. 11, 2013, having lived in Teaneck since Sept. 7, 2013 without registering, he said.

Fishman credited the U.S. Marshals Service its New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force for the investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sara F. Merin and Jane H. Yoon of Fishman’s Criminal Division in Newark for the prosecution.

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