Jury convicts Kissimmee man for failure to register as a sex offender in Florida

A federal jury has found William Tosca, 35, of Kissimmee, guilty of failing to register and update a registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec. 16.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, in January 2013, Tosca was convicted by a jury in Massachusetts of a qualifying sex offense. While incarcerated in Massachusetts, the state’s sex offender registry board notified Tosca of his need to register as a sex offender. In October 2015, after being informed of his need to update his registration, Tosca failed to register in Massachusetts.

 In October 2016, he then moved to Florida and again failed to update his registration.

SORNA is part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. The Adam Walsh Act also provides for the use of federal law enforcement resources, including the United States Marshals Service, to assist state and local authorities in locating and apprehending non-compliant sex offenders.

This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service, the Osceola County Sherriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sean P. Shecter.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.justice.gov/psc.