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Convicted Rapist Sentenced Under Federal Law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A convicted rapist who moved to Midwest City was found guilty by a federal jury of failing to register as a sex offender under a new federal law that targets sex offenders.

Shroma Hollywood Lang, 56, who was convicted on Tuesday, is just the second person found guilty by a federal jury under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, said U.S. Attorney John Richter. The new law is named for the abducted and murdered son of ``America's Most Wanted'' host John Walsh.

``The Adam Walsh Act was passed to require sex offender registration to inform and protect our citizens from sexual predators,'' Richter said in a statement.

Lang, who has rape convictions in Washington and Texas, came to the attention of Midwest City officials after he moved near Rose State Community College. After Midwest City authorities notified him of his duty to register as a sex offender, Lang disappeared until he was nabbed in Oklahoma City by local and federal officers.

Lang faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced in about 90 days, federal prosecutors said.
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