Sex offender sentenced for failing to register

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 48-year-old Glen St. Mary man was sentenced Monday to two years and eight months in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender in the state of Florida after relocating from the state of Tennessee.

Ray Gasaway was also ordered to serve a 10-year term of supervised release and to register as a sex offender. Gasaway pleaded guilty on Oct. 21 and has been in custody since his arrest on May 1 in Glen St. Mary.

According to court documents, on March 12, 1996, Gasaway was convicted of committing sexual battery and rape in Davidson County, Tenn. Between June 2012 and May 2013, he relocated from Tennessee to Florida.

On May 1, a deputy with the Baker County Sheriff's Office responded to a home in Glen St. Mary in response to an anonymous tip that an unregistered male sexual offender named "Ray" was living there. The officer made contact with Gasaway, who falsely identified himself as "Ray Galloway."

Gasaway subsequently admitted that his real name was Ray Charles Gasaway and that he had moved to Baker County from Tennessee about a year ago and had not registered as a sexual offender in Florida.

Gasaway was arrested. Records checks confirmed that he had failed to register as a sex offender with Florida authorities.

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