Ohio court upholds juvenile sex offender provision

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio appeals court has upheld a provision that allows some minors convicted of sex offenses to be required to register as sex offenders beyond their 21st birthday.

The ruling stems from the appeal of a 16-year-old Cincinnati boy convicted of a sex charge, with a sentence requiring him to register as a sex offender until he’s at least 24 years old.

The teen’s attorneys had argued the requirement was a violation of his constitutional rights.

The 1st District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati disagreed in a ruling last week, saying that juvenile offenders do not have a fundamental right to be free from punishment after the age of 21.

The decision upholds a provision of the Adam Walsh Act, named for a 6-year-old boy killed in Florida in 1981.

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