WORCESTER – A 55-year-old man originally from Worcester was sentenced in federal court in Worcester on Wednesday to 21 months in prison and five years of supervised release after pleading guilty in May 2017 to one count of failing to register as a sex offender.

George Moriarty, now a resident of New York, was convicted of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 in October 1994, according to the Massachusetts Department of Justice.

The Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board classified Moriarty as a Level 2 sex offender and sometime after April 2013, Moriarty moved to New York without notifying authorities of his change in residency, as required by law.

In Nov. 2016, Moriarty was arrested in New York on state charges for failing to register as a sex offender. New York authorities then reached out to federal law enforcement in Massachusetts, resulting in Moriarty’s indictment in federal court in Boston and subsequent return to Massachusetts.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.

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