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NJ: He was labeled a sex offender as a teen. Now he is challenging the law that made him register as one.

At a glance, the 23-year-old has a stellar resume. He graduated magna cum laude from Binghamton University, where he was a part of an Honors Academic Society and routinely on the Dean’s list.

During college, he tutored others in calculus and was a teacher’s assistant. He also volunteered at the Jewish Relief Agency collecting, packaging and distributing goods to disadvantaged families. The Union County resident now works as a financial analyst-at-large for an international telecommunications company in the tri-state area.

But each year he must check in with law enforcement. He must notify them if he moves or gets a new job. He also faces restrictions on where he can get a job and where he can travel.

He is a registered sex offender.

And he has been one since he was 16 years old and will be one until at least 2027 after being adjudicated as delinquent on three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Full Article

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  1. TS

    This will roil Rep Smith from NJ possibly since it undermines what he wants as an elected official. I hope this kid wins and win big.

  2. Anonymous

    And we all hope he wins because the registry is punitive and unconstitutional and needs to be repealed because it paints a big target on his back for vigilantes and money scammers. Should I go on? Do I need to show proof? I think acsol and others have already done this for me.

  3. kat

    The side effects of being on the registry are the same for both juveniles and adults. It takes it’s toll both mentally and physically, it causes alienation, depression, anxiety and often a sense of hopelessness.
    The re-offense rate for both juveniles and adults on the registry is low. Changing the rules for juveniles is not enough at this stage of the game, the draconian rules need to be changed for everyone.

    • Facts should matter

      “Changing the rules for juveniles is not enough at this stage of the game, the draconian rules need to be changed for everyone.”

      Yes. This lawsuit does nothing to advance any legislative goals for the collective other than this individual’s personal relief at the expense of throwing the 18+ > crowd under the bus. All the arguments his attorney made apply to adults as well. Hell, we’re all human beings and Megan’s law is an egregious and arrogant human rights violation. It’s actually an assault on common sense because it defeats the purpose by requiring those (regardless of age) that are phantom threats to register. It’s retaliation, not justice.

    • Dph

      Kat! Well Said!
      for Not being an RC/RSO you know what is felt/experienced. Thanks

    • dph

      @Kat Well stated!
      (Especially Not being an RC/Rso)

  4. R M

    Lawyer Maynard knows his stuff. I have talked with him. He will get the job done but he is expensive though.

  5. AJ

    “These laws are antiquated,” [Plaintiff’s Attorney James] Maynard said. “They are out of date. They were passed at a time when everything to do with sex offense laws was really guided by myth, misinformation or lack of information.”
    —–
    Bingo. And yet the “myth[s], misinformation, [and] lack of information” continue thanks to judges rubber-stamping “frightening and high” across pretty much any suit that lands in their laps.

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