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Man sentenced for failing to register as sex offender
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Forsyth County News

GAINESVILLE — A 42-year-old man has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for failing to register as a sex offender after moving to Forsyth County from Tennessee.

William Douglas Martin was convicted of attempted sexual abuse of a minor and unlawful sexual activity with a minor in Utah in 2001.

He pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to register as a sex offender on June 10. He was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Gainesville.

Initially, Martin was released from prison in 2004, but violated parole three times between 2005-07.

He was released again in 2007 and moved to Tennessee, where he registered as a sex offender and worked at Jiffy Lube.

In January 2011, it was discovered that Martin had moved to Cumming in fall 2010, but failed to register as a sex offender.

While working at Jiffy Lube in Tennessee, Martin was accused of stealing from the company after he allegedly failed to pay for an oil change on his vehicle.

The case has not been settled, however, as a result of the charges being brought in Georgia.

As part of the sentence, Martin also received three years of supervised release following his prison term.

Martin’s criminal history dates to 1988, with multiple charges including burglary and theft.

Jill Steinberg, prosecuting attorney representing the federal government, asked Judge Richard Story to impose the maximum sentence of 18 months in prison.

She cited Martin’s long criminal history, including a statutory rape claim in 1993 by a 14-year-old girl. Martin was never convicted on that charge.

Brian Mendelsohn, attorney for Martin, sought a year-and-one-day sentence.

Mendelsohn argued Martin’s past criminal offenses were minor charges that occurred when he was between 15 and 20 years old.

He also cited Martin’s environment growing up, which he said involved alcoholic and abusive parents.

Martin addressed the court asking for a chance to "live a normal life."

"I would like to accept responsibility for my action and move on," he said.

Story did not impose a fine, citing the significant debt currently held by Martin, as well as the desire for him to have the ability to support himself upon release.

Steinberg and Mendelsohn both said they agreed with the sentence.