Maryland Officials Remove Name From Sex Offender Registry

Maryland Officials Remove Name From Sex Offender Registry

Last week we wrote about how the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services had refused to remove a man from the sex offender registry, despite a court ordering it to do so, after the court ruled that the sex offender registration requirement couldn’t be imposed on people for crimes that took place before the requirement existed.

Now, Aaron Davis with the Washington Post reports that the Department “quietly” removed the man’s name, just this month, from the sex offender registry, along with a link to the guilty plea for the 1984 crime. (He was convicted of a sex offense with a student as a junior-high teacher.)

Davis predicts that this development might ultimately pave the way for other names and mug shots to be removed from the registry, as many as one in four registered sex offenders.

Some people believe that registries cast too wide a net. Even Patty Wetterling, whose son was abducted in 1989, once a fierce proponent of registries, has in recent years come out against them, claiming that they’re causing more harm than good.

Here’s a case in point: Davis quotes the Maryland defense attorney who represented the man whose name was recently removed from the registry:

“Many [registrants] are not pedophiles. I know, because several of them are my clients. One is a 19-year-old who had a consensual relationship with someone who was one year younger. It waters down the entire reason for having the registry.”

Source: Sex offender removed from Md. registry; could be first of many

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