Eastern NE man sentenced for failing to register as a sex offender in western Iowa


October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa said Monday, a Douglas County, NE., man was sentenced Friday to one and a-half years in prison for failing to register with the sex offender registry. United States District Court Chief Judge James E. Gritzner handed down the 18-month prison sentence to 42-year old Richard Elliot Hansen. Gritzner also ordered Hansen to serve a five-year term of supervised release following incarceration.

On May 3rd, 2012, Hansen entered a guilty plea to failing to register with the Pottawattamie County, Sheriff’s Office, as required when he began employment in Council Bluffs. Law enforcement determined in November of 2011 that Hansen had been employed at a Council Bluffs business for approximately two months without registering with the Sheriff’s Office as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Marshal’s Service, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.