Sexual predator sentenced

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 22, 2012

A “sexually violent predator” from Indiana captured February in Andalusia was sentenced to 18 months Thursday in a federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

A federal grand jury indicted Patrick McGlaughlin in April for one count of failing to register and update a registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act after he traveled in interstate commerce in violation of federal law.

According to court documents, McGlaughlin was convicted in Indiana on two separate cases of child molestation – once in 1995 again in 2000.

Due to these convictions, McGlaughlin is required to register as a sex offender for life. During his guilty plea hearing, he admitted that he last registered as a sex offender in Indiana in March 2011. McGlaughlin also admitted that in October 2011, he traveled from Indiana and relocated to Alabama, and that, after relocating to Andalusia, he knowingly failed to register as a sex offender with the Andalusia Police Department and the Covington County Sheriff’s Office.

When arrested locally, police said McGlaughlin was found living in a home with a child.

McGlaughlin remains in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending placement by the Bureau of Prisons. After his release, he will serve a lifetime of supervised release.