February 12, 2012

Juveniles convicted of sex crimes to register as sex offenders in Virginia

2-12-2012 Virginia:

The Virginia Senate passed a bill on Friday that requires juvenile sex offenders to register with the state. This newly created registry would apply only to juveniles who are convicted of serious sex crimes. Law enforcement agencies will have sole access to the registry.

The Washington Post reported that Senator Bill Stanley favored the new bill because it will bring Virginia into compliance with a federal sex registry law. Otherwise, the state risks losing approximately a half million dollars in grant funds. However, Senator Dave Marsden believes that the bill goes too far by imposing a lifetime penalty on juvenile offenders.

Juvenile sex offenders in the State of Massachusetts are subject to the same Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Law as adults providing they were "adjudicated a delinquent juvenile on or after August 1, 1981" or "adjudicated a youthful offender on or after August 1, 1981." ..Source.. by Tracey Parece

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