A Leavenworth man has been charged in federal court for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office.

A Leavenworth man has been charged in federal court for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office.

Lester Ray Nichols, 72, is accused of failing to register as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. The crime is alleged to have occurred Nov. 9, 2012, according to the release from the office of Barry Grissom, U.S. attorney for Kansas.

If convicted, Nichols faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.