NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Supreme Court has sidestepped, for now, the question of whether juveniles convicted of sex crimes can be required to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives.
The case involved a man convicted of having molested his younger sister when he was 14 years old. He was ordered held in juvenile custody until age 21. After his release, he sought relief from the sex registration requirement.
The high court on Tuesday ruled that because he was no longer in custody, he was ineligible to file for post-conviction relief under state law. Therefore, the constitutional question in the case was moot, Justice Scott Crichton wrote.