BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The first person to be prosecuted in federal court in North Dakota for failing to register as a sex offender has been sentenced for another sex crime.
U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon says Gerard LoveJoy Sr., 35, of Tokio was sentenced to a total of 40 years in prison and about $1,200 in restitution in a case in which authorities say he had sex with a juvenile who was sleeping in a Fort Yates home last September. LoveJoy pleaded guilty in March.
LoveJoy also has a 1997 sex crime conviction. In January 2008, he was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for failing to register as a sex offender. Prosecutors said it was the first such case brought in federal court in North Dakota.