Judge upholds Maine’s sex offender registry

Posted Aug. 19, 2011, at 8:47 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Superior Court judge has upheld Maine’s sex offender registry in a challenge brought by more than a dozen plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs contended among other things that the law shouldn’t have been applied retroactively to them. Most of the plaintiffs, who are known in their lawsuit as John Doe, had received a restraining order allowing them to avoid registering.

Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy granted a summary judgment rejecting the challenge.

Attorney General William Schneider said Friday the decision “upholds the Legislature’s efforts to reduce incidents of sexual exploitation, violence and abuse in Maine.”

In her 70-page ruling, Murphy said the state “has significant and legitimate reasons in monitoring the whereabouts and activities of sex offenders who reside throughout Maine.” She rejected claims that the sexual offender registry is unconstitutional.