United States v. Fulk, No. 16-4088 (8th Cir. 2018)Annotate this Case
The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's imposition of a ten year term of supervised release and a special travel condition where defendant pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender. This was defendant's fourth conviction related to registry requirements. The court held that the ten year term of supervised release was reasonable because the district court discussed the specific factors that went into making its decisions. The court also held that the district court did not abuse its discretion in including the special travel condition in defendant's supervised release where the district court identified public safety concerns, including defendant's history of evading registry requirements, using false names, and lying to law enforcement officers. In this case, the district court balanced the need to encourage adherence to the registry requirements with a potential deprivation of liberty.