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Convicted sex offender appeals requirement to register in Indiana

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A Massachusetts man who pleaded guilty to rape and abuse of a child in that state in 1984 will argue before the Indiana Court of Appeals Wednesday that he should not have to register in Indiana, where he now lives.

Thomas H. Andrews completed his sentence in 1989 and moved to Indiana in 1993. He hasn’t been arrested for any sex offense while living in Indiana, but under the state’s sex offender registry requirements, he is classified as a sexually violent predator who must register for life. Andrews argues that because he committed his crimes in Massachusetts before registration requirements took place in that state or in Indiana, Indiana’s registration requirement violates the ex post facto clause of the Indiana Constitution as it relates to him.

The state claims that Andrew has an independent obligation to register as a sex offender under the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 2006.

The oral arguments in Andrews v. State, 29A02-1112-MI-1166, will be held at 1 p.m. in the Wynne Courtroom at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.

 

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