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Sex Offender's Rights Violated, Says Court Of Appeals

Last updated on Thursday, December 27, 2007

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Court of Appeals says a legal change that forced a convicted sex offender to register for life as a sexually violent predator violated his constitutional protection against retroactive laws.

The law was amended to require lifetime registration for certain offenses in 2006, two years after Todd L. Jensen was released from probation.

The court said yesterday in a 2-1 ruling that applying the requirement to Jensen violated prohibitions against ex post facto laws. It was not immediately clear whether the ruling might have wider impact beyond Jensen's case.

The 39-year-old Jensen served 18 months in prison after pleading guilty in 2000 in Allen Superior Court to vicarious sexual gratification and child molesting.

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