- Federal prosecutors ask Nicki Minaj’s husband to serve a year and a half in prison
- Petty served four years in prison in 1995 and pleaded guilty to attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl.
- In a recent filing, they said he knowingly failed to register as a sex offender when he moved to California.
Federal prosecutors are moving to sentence Nicki Minaj’s husband, Kenneth Petty, to more than a year in jail for failing to register as a sex offender, according to court documents.
“Having previously been convicted of attempted rape, the defendant knowingly failed to register as a sex offender upon moving to California,” prosecutors said in a recent filing. Petty, now 44, served four years in prison in 1995 after pleading guilty to the attempted rape of Jennifer Hough, then 16.
In August, Hough also sued Minaj and Petty in New York for intentionally inflicting emotional distress and sexual assault, alleging the pair attempted to pay her $500,000 to retract the allegations and intimidated her on multiple occasions, alleging the pair were trying to coerce her. to help them get Petty off the registry.
That case has now moved to California, where the couple lives. Minaj was also dropped as a defendant in January. Still, prosecutors are taking action against Petty, saying that when he moved to California in 2019 while dating Minaj, he did not register as a sex offender.
Petty’s attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Hough’s attorneys and Minaj’s attorneys also did not immediately respond to Insider.
“The timing of the expiration of the defendant’s record is concerning, given that it occurred when the defendant began dating his wife, quit his job, moved to Los Angeles, and adopted an affluent lifestyle,” prosecutors wrote in the statement. presentation.
Prosecutors added that prior to their relationship and move, she had complied with registration processes. Petty and Minaj married in 2019 and had a son 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 comply with local, municipal, state, federal or international laws regarding registration.”
Prosecutors said Petty should 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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