A Lincoln man who violated requirements to register as a sex offender in Gage County was sentenced to probation.
Jason A. Pate was sentenced to a total of 18 months probation on Thursday in Gage County District Court for two counts of attempted Sex Offender Registration Act violation. The charges were reduced to read “attempted” as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, dropping them from class 3A to class 4 felonies.
Pate violated his registration requirement last May after he reported to the sheriff's office that he lived at 30942 S.W. 117th Road. During an investigation, deputies determined that Pate had not been living at the address.
Four area residents said he had not been staying there, and multiple attempts were made to contact Pate.
Pate also failed to meet registration requirements last July after failing to disclose an address to the sheriff’s office as required.
Last June, Pate reported an address of 1115 Meriwether St. in Beatrice. In July, Pate registered as a transient in Beatrice.
According to the affidavit, witnesses reported seeing Pate enter the residence and stay overnight multiple times since June 2018.
Pate was required to register as a sex offender based on a June 2008 conviction of criminal child enticement by a computer in Lancaster County.
A registered sex offender is required to notify the sheriff’s office of a temporary or habitual address when they have been there three days, even non-consecutive days.
The paperwork for completing the address change takes about 5 minutes and is done at the sheriff’s office.
That information is then forwarded to the Nebraska State Patrol for their files and to be put on the Nebraska State Patrol Sex Offender Registry website, which is available to the public.