Man charged for failing to register as sex offender on St. Croix


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ST. CROIX - A known sex offender has been taken back into federal custody after failing to register as a sex offender when he relocated to St. Croix about a year ago.

Joe Dale Loomis was picked up again last week and remains jailed awaiting trial.

Loomis was convicted in Oregon in December 1991 of first-degree sodomy and sentenced to a term of just more than three years, followed by three years of supervised release.

He first registered as a sex offender in June 1994 before being released from prison on parole, at which time the parole board found him to be a predatory sex offender.

He registered as a sex offender in Oregon through 2008 as he was required to do on an annual basis, and he was also required to report any address change within 10 days of moving.

In July 2011 he was convicted of failure to report as a sex offender, based on a guilty plea he entered that year when he admitted to not reporting as he should on two separate occasions - January and April of that year. He was sentenced to another 24 months of supervised probation and an additional 36 months of supervised probation and once again ordered to report regularly.

According to the court document, in November 2011, Loomis failed to report a change of address, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

His probation was revoked, and he was sentenced to serve the five years in prison on both cases.

According to the court document, the last known date Loomis registered was Aug. 5, 2013, following his release from prison in Oregon.

According to police, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officer Mike Evans found Loomis trespassing in March at the Sandy Point Refuge beach area, and Loomis at that time voluntarily stated that he was a sex offender and had been on St. Croix since October 2013.

Evans said he conducted an investigation and determined that Loomis had been in the territory from as early as Oct. 7 and began receiving government assistance through the Human Services Department on Nov. 1.

Loomis had told his case worker that he had recently moved from Oregon and mentioned that he had a conviction, but he did not disclose what charges he was convicted of, according to Evans.

The affidavit in support of the warrant for Loomis' arrest had remained under seal until his arrest Thursday. Bail had been set at $10,000, and District Magistrate Judge George Cannon had signed an order allowing him to be released on an unsecured bond pending the outcome of the case against him.

However, following the release order, the U.S. Probation Office filed a request to revoke Loomis' pre-trial release, and Federal Public Defender Omodare Jupiter represented Loomis and said he would not challenge the request for pre-trial detention. Jupiter said Loomis acknowledged that he is prepared to admit violation of conditions of pretrial release, including not complying with the conditions of release and reporting as required.

However, Jupiter also requested a hearing for a psychological evaluation for Loomis.

Cannon granted an order by Jupiter requesting psychiatric treatment for Loomis, while the case is pending.

- Contact Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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