Sculptor Felix de Weldon's sex offender son jailed

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Posted: Oct 19, 2015 5:07 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The son of the sculptor who designed the iconic Iwo Jima flag raising sculpture has been jailed after failing to register as a sex offender.

Authorities said on Monday that Byron W. de Weldon, 45, was ordered held Friday by a federal judge in Rhode Island.

He's the son of Felix de Weldon, who sculpted the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said de Weldon is a third level sex offender, but he failed to notify authorities that he left his Warwick home in September as he traveled to California, Florida, Maryland, Connecticut, Maine and Pennsylvania.

He has a long history of child molestation charges and had been civilly committed in Massachusetts as a sexually dangerous person in 2008. He was released in December.