Youth sex offenders must report for 25 years

An appeals court in California has decided juveniles convicted of sex crimes in federal court can be required to register as sex offenders for 25 years.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Wednesday that a registration law passed by Congress in 2006 that removed sex offenders who are 14 and older from juvenile law confidentiality protections does not violate their constitutional rights.

The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/xN1mKr ) reports the ruling upheld registration requirements for three Montana youths who committed forcible sex crimes between ages 14 and 17 on American Indian reservations.

The federal government has jurisdiction over sex crimes on reservations.

After release from custody, the sex offenders must report their whereabouts to state and local or tribal authorities every three months for 25 years.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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