Nicki Minaj‘s husband Kenneth Petty turned himself in to federal custody on Wednesday after reportedly failing to register as a sex offender in California.
“Kenneth Petty self-surrendered to the U.S. Marshals in Los Angeles today,” spokesperson Lynzey Donahue said in a statement to USA Today on Wednesday.
Petty, 41, was convicted of first-degree attempted rape 25 years ago in New York and served four years behind bars. He was released in January 1999.
After his release, Petty was ordered to register as a sex offender within the state of New York, but he failed to re-register when he moved to California in July 2019 after marrying Minaj.
Petty was arrested in November 2019 during a traffic stop by the Beverly Hills Police Department, and authorities determined he was a registered sex offender in New York state but had not registered in California.
He was released on a $20,000 bond, but authorities said he failed to go through with the registration, which is required under the 2006 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
According to SORNA, a sex offender is “required to update their registration in each jurisdiction they reside, are employed, or attend school,” and failure to register is considered a federal crime.
Petty now faces charges of failing to register, and if convicted of the felony charge, he could get a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
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