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Possibility of Juvenile Sex Offender Registry in Tennessee

April 12, 2011 by The McKellar Law Firm, PLLC

playground.jpgHouse Bill 0687 would create a Juvenile Sex Offender Registry for juveniles 14-18 who have committed violent sexual crimes and are considered likely to repeat their crimes. Tennessee would lose more than $5 million in grant funding if it fails to pass this bill.

If the bill passes, the registry would be effective July 1, 2011. Any violent juvenile sex offenses committed thereafter would be subject to registration.

Violent juvenile sexual offenders would be subject to some, but not all, of the restrictions imposed upon sexual offenders. Like sexual offenders, violent juvenile sexual offenders would have to comply with the tracking and registration requirements for life if they have a prior conviction for a sexual offense or have been convicted of a violent sexual offense.

The current residence and employment restrictions for a sexual offender prohibiting a sexual offender whose victim was a minor from residing, attending treatment, or accepting employment within 1,000 feet of a school, day care center, playground, or public park would not apply to violent juvenile sexual offenders until the later of either turning eighteen or graduating from high school.

Violent juvenile sexual offenses are some of the most heinous crimes, and having a registry to track the offenders could go a long way to preventing future crimes. If nothing else, it would help law enforcement to keep tabs on those most likely to commit these terrible crimes.