Kentucky Man Sentenced to 84 Months for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

FRANKFORT, KY —  THE U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Kentucky is reporting that: A Kentucky man, Michael Wayne Henderson, 51, was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison on Tuesday, by U.S. District Judge Gregory VanTatenhove, for failure to register as a sex offender.

According to evidence presented at trial, Henderson has repeatedly failed to register as a sex offender.  In 2002, he was convicted in Perry County, Indiana for Deviate Criminal Sexual Conduct.  As a result, for the rest of his life, Henderson is required to register as a sex offender in the state in which he lives, works, or goes to school.  Henderson initially faced charges for failing to register in 2009 after moving to the Eastern District of Kentucky.  Henderson was convicted by a jury and sentenced to 10 years in prison and placed on supervised release for life.  In 2019, Henderson was incarcerated because he again failed to register, in violation of the terms of his supervised release.  After his release from prison, Henderson traveled back to Kentucky, but again failed to register as required.  A jury convicted Henderson in March 2023 for his most recent failure to register.

Under federal law, Henderson must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence; and upon his release, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for life. 

Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky and Jeremy Honaker, Acting U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Roth.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted this case as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit



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