Myrtle Beach man pleads guilty to failing to register as a sex offender

Ronald Shane Johnson

Ronald Shane Johnson, 35, of Myrtle Beach, pleaded guilty in federal court in Florence, to failure to register as a sex offender, according to United States Attorney Bill Nettles.

Evidence established that Johnson was convicted on August 19, 2009, of solicitation of a minor in Tennessee. As a result of the conviction, Johnson was required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. After Johnson was released from custody, he signed Tennessee sex offender registration/verification/tracking forms indicating that he understood his responsibility to register as a sex offender.

Johnson moved from Tennessee to Myrtle Beach, without notifying Tennessee that he was moving and he failed to register once he arrived in South Carolina, and lived there until he was arrested on January 23.

Nettles stated the maximum penalty Johnson can receive is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment for 10 years, plus a special assessment of $100.00.