Federal prosecutors are hoping to sentence Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty to over a year in jail for failing to register as a sex offender, according to court documents reviewed by Media Take Out.
“Having previously been convicted of attempted rape, defendant knowingly failed to register as a sex offender upon moving to California,” prosecutors said in a recent filing.
Kenneth, now 44, served four years in jail in 1995 after pleading guilty to the attempted rape of Jennifer Hough, who was then 16 years old.
“The timing of defendant’s lapse in registration is concerning, given that it occurred when defendant began dating his wife, quit his job, moved to Los Angeles, and adopted an affluent lifestyle,” prosecutors wrote in the filing.
Prosecutors also claim that before meeting and marrying Nicki Mina, and moving to Los Angeles, Kenneth had been compliant with the registration processes. Kenneth and Nicki married in 2019, and had a child the following year.
“Defendant has been completing sex offender registration documents for nearly 20 years,” prosecutors wrote in the filing. “Over the course of two decades, he was repeatedly warned that if he moved to another state, it was his responsibility to follow any local, city, state, federal, or international laws regarding registration.”
According to the Feds, they want Kenneth to face 15 months behind bars and pay a $55,000 fine.
Petty is due to appear at a sentencing hearing on July 6.
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