A new ruling from a Maryland court could lead to as many as one in four names being removed from the state’s sex-offender registry. The ruling was issued by the Maryland Appeals Court on June 30. Justices decided that some of the sex crime registry members had their constitutional rights violated when they were added to the list.
When people in Maryland are convicted of a crime such as child sexual abuse, it can have an impact on them for the rest of their lives. When that person is relatively young, it can mean that the shadow of being a convicted sex offender and having to register as such can last for decades into the future.
A U.S. District Court judge sentenced a Capitol Heights, Maryland, man to 21 years in prison after a plea deal was reached on charges related to child prostitution and sex trafficking. In addition to the prison term, the man was sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release, and he will have to comply with sex crime registry terms wherever he lives, works or attends school.