Missouri Supreme Court considers child sex registry case
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A lawyer for a teenager accused of attempting to rape his sister says he unfairly faces registering as an adult sexual offender.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Attorney Patricia Harrison told the Missouri Supreme Court Wednesday that would constitute imposing an adult penalty on a child.
The St. Louis boy was adjudicated in juvenile court as a 14-year-old last year for allegedly trying to rape his 41-year-old adoptive sister.
Harrison says Missouri law could mean he'll have to register publicly as a sex offender later because a judge ordered he be listed on a private juvenile list.
The attorney general's office argues federal law also requires adult registration for certain crimes. It says the boy doesn't have a case because he's not yet required to register as an adult.