Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Published Opinions

Friday, July 01, 2016

Trailer: Affirming sex offender's life term of supervised release

In U.S. v. Trailer, No. 15-14583 (June 30, 2016), the Court affirmed a life term of supervised release, rejecting a claim that this was substantively unreasonable to a sex offender who was ordered not to have contact with minors, yet nonetheless lied to his probation officer about the fact that he was living with his wife’s four minor children. The Court noted that the life term was within the statutory range of five years to life. The Court noted that “having molested his then girlfriend’s eight-year-old daughter, he was thereafter prohibited from having contact with children under the age of 18.” He nonetheless had contact with his wife’s minor children, all the while lying about it to his probation officer. The Court also noted that the defendant was free to petition the court for early termination or modification of his supervised release.