Maine justices take up sex offender registry issue

Posted Feb. 10, 2009, at 10:59 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 10:43 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s supreme court is taking up the issue of whether the state’s online sex offender registry can be applied retroactively.

The Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments Tuesday in two separate cases involving convicted sex offenders who didn’t register as required by a change in state law. Lower court judges sided with the men, ruling that the state law is unconstitutional.

One of the men was 19 when he was convicted of rape for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Now he’s required to register for the rest of his life. The other man was convicted of two lesser felonies.

Last year, lawmakers attempted narrow the circumstances under which a person would be required to register, but Gov. John Baldacci refused to sign the bill.

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