Juvenile sex offender registration has been debated for a number of years in the belief that children are developmentally immature and have ability to change. A recent study shows that less than 2% of all individuals who committed a sex offense as a juvenile committed another such offense if they were brought to justice.
In 2006, Congress enacted the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. Title I of the Act, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), which are among the most controversial of the Act, subjects many children adjudicated delinquent to the same registration requirements as convicted adult sex offenders. While SORNA requires juveniles of at least 14 years of age adjudicated delinquent for a crime comparable to or more severe than an aggravated sexual abuse crime as defined in federal law to register as sex offenders. Children as young as eight may be required to register as sex offenders for crimes ranging from the very serious, such as rape, to more minor misconduct such as consensual sex, public nudity and public urination.
A Juvenile Who is Registered As a Sex Offender Must:
- Provide personal information to state police;
- Verify their information, often in-person on a regular basis for the duration of their registration requirement; and
- Regularly report changes in their appearance, residence, employment, and other habits. Failure to do so can lead to mandatory incarceration.
- Some states also require community notification, which can mean that the children’s names, addresses, and offenses will be listed on publicly accessible websites or that law enforcement has authority to share information about the children with the public.
Keeping in mind the negative impact of juvenile sex offender’s registration that can hamper the juvenile’s life and future, a total of fifteen jurisdictions including Connecticut and New York do not require any adjudicated juvenile to register as a sex offender. However, juveniles transferred to and convicted in an adult court usually are treated as adults also for the purpose of sex offender registration.
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