Non-compliant sex offender enters guilty plea in federal court
A Waldo man pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender Thursday in federal court.
Documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas show Quinton D. Manning’s sex offender registration lapsed in 1999 following his 1997 conviction for second-degree sexual assault in Dallas County, Texas. He hasn’t been current since Texas law enforcement updated his registration after a November 1999 conviction for failing to register.
faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the federal charge.
A federal grand jury handed up an indictment last September that alleged from January 2011 to July 2013 Manning traveled across state lines without updating his registration, a violation of the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act.
His plea agreement states that after he was arrested in El Dorado last March on charges of second-degree domestic battery, terroristic threatening and first-degree interference with an emergency communications device, a subsequent investigation found that he had been living in Arkansas since January 2011. Manning, 44, told investigators he had never registered in Arkansas.
Deferring to the federal investigation, attorneys for the state chose last December not to prosecute Manning for the charges he was arrested on last March. According to an incident report, Manning punched his girlfriend in the face and hit her in the head with a chair at the El Dorado Inn.
He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the federal charge. He’s being held in the Union County jail pending sentencing. Manning could withdraw his plea if he were to prevail in a potential appeal of the denial of his motion to dismiss the indictment. Judge Harry F. Barnes issued an order denying the motion March 10.