While the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office announced on Friday (Mar. 6) that it was dropping charges against Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty for failing to register as a sex offender, that does not mean he is in the clear. Department of Justice officials revealed that Petty is still facing federal charges for the same failure to register as a sex offender offense.
According to a grand jury indictment, Petty, who was convicted of attempted rape in the first degree in 1995 in New York, was charged Feb. 25 with failure to register as a sex offender, a requirement under the 2006 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
LADA spokesperson Greg Risling tells Billboard they dropped their charges against Petty due to the fact that he faced identical federal charges.
After being taken into custody, Petty pleaded not guilty to the charges on Mar. 4 and was released on $100,000 bond. His case is set for a jury trial on April 28.
The 41-year-old served four years in prison after he was convicted of attempted rape in the first degree 25 years ago, according to the indictment obtained by Billboard. After his conviction, Petty was then ordered to register as a sex offender in the state of New York, where he was convicted, but failed to re-register when he moved to California in 2019, as required under the 2006 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), according to the federal indictment against him. He now faces up to 10 years in prison — the statutory maximum — if convicted of the felony charge.
According to TMZ, who first reported the news, Petty was arrested at a traffic stop in Beverly Hills in November, when police discovered he was not registered as a sex offender in California. He was later released on a $20,000 bond.
Minaj announced on the Aug. 12 episode of her Queen Radio show that she had filed for a marriage license with Petty, but the “Barbie Dreams” rapper confirmed they tied the knot in October.