A 22-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man pleaded guilty Tuesday to failing to register as a sex offender for a crime that occurred when he was a juvenile in Wisconsin.
Chase Michael Warren faces up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine at his sentencing Aug. 8.
According to the criminal complaint, Warren was convicted of first-degree sexual assault of a child under 13 on March 20, 2006, in Walworth County, Wis.
According to reports, he committed the offense at age 14.
The case came to light when Warren was taken into custody in May accused of stealing food and drinks from Walmart in Douglas County.
Deputies ran a criminal check and discovered the Wisconsin conviction, and that Warren had not registered.
He reportedly moved to Douglas County in January to live with his family, said Warren’s attorney, Kris Brown.
Prosecutor Laurie Trotter said Warren had a history of not reporting or registering as a sex offender when he moved to a new address.
Brown said he failed to register when he was released from the juvenile detention facility because he didn’t know what to do.
“There is no indication he is a threat to the community,” Brown said.