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Man pleads guilty to failing to register as sex offender

44-year-old Anthony Burkitt pleads guilty to federal charge

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 44-year-old Jacksonville man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of failing to register as a sex offender after traveling to Florida from Maryland, U.S. attorneys said.

Anthony Vincent Burkitt, also known as "Vincent Thomas Wolfe," faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervision.

On or about June 24, 2002, Burkitt was convicted of attempted second-degree rape in Baltimore County, Maryland, according to court documents.

Subsequent to his conviction and after being released from prison, Burkitt traveled from Maryland to Jacksonville, where he established residency in February 2013 but failed to register as a sex offender as required by the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, attorneys said.

On April 13, a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office deputy was dispatched to a Jacksonville home in reference to a domestic disturbance. At the time, Burkitt was living at the home under the alias "Vincent Thomas Wolfe" and was arrested, attorneys said.

Further investigation revealed Burkitt was a sex offender and that he had been living in Jacksonville since February 2013 without registering as required by law, according to U.S. attorneys.

Authorities said Burkitt has been in custody since his arrest April 13.