MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - William Trailer moved from Michigan to Montgomery but never registered as a sex offender in Alabama. Friday, Trailer learned his failure to comply with the Adam Walsh Act would cost him 37 months in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge Mark E. Fuller also sentenced Trailer to a life-time of supervision under federal probation once he is released from prison.
The United States Marshals Service started an investigation of Trailer back in 2010 after he was arrested by Elmore County Sheriff's deputies for attempted rape and possession of drugs.
Notification of Trailer's past caught up with him during the arrest. Deputies learned he was a convicted sex offender out of Michigan and at the time was wanted for violations of his Michigan probation. The man was convicted in 1992 of criminal sexual conduct with an 8-year-old child.
"Convictions such as Trailer's are the reason Congress passed the Adam Walsh Act, said U.S. Marshal Art Baylor. "The United States Marshals Service will continue to work hand and hand with state and local agencies to pursue absconded sex offenders."
The Adam Walsh Act, enacted in 2006, is named after America's Most Wanted host John Walsh's young son, Adam, who was kidnapped and murdered in the 1980s.