Vancouver sex offender gets 3 years for failing to register

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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A Vancouver man has been sentenced to three years in a federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

Gary Joe Clark, 41, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma. He also received 10 years of supervised release.

Clark was convicted of rape in Oklahoma in 1992, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle. He was released from prison in 1998.

Last year, he moved to Vancouver to live with a woman he met over the Internet. According to the attorney's office, he did not reveal he was a sex offender or register as one. In September of last year, he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend in front of her daughter and was arrested by Vancouver police.

He pleaded guilty in April 2011 to the failing to register charge and was sentenced this week by U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle.