Juvenile Sex Law Test Heads to Higher Court Teen's Appeal Says New Registration for Juveniles Is Unconstitutional
Kunz, Tona, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Tona Kunz Daily Herald Staff Writer
A Kane County teen will take his bid to keep his sex offender past off the Internet to a state court in the first test of Illinois' new hard line on sex registries.
The youth, who is from the northern part of the county, lost a bid Friday in a Kane County courtroom to have the state's new registration law deemed unconstitutional in his case.
But he was granted an extension of a temporary restraining order that keeps the Illinois State Police from releasing his name while he appeals the Kane County ruling.
A decision from the 2nd District Appellate Court could take as long as two years.
This is the first test of the law that went into effect Jan. 1 requiring juvenile sex offenders to register on public adult registries when they turn 17.
The state has 1,348 registered juvenile sex offenders.
Prior to the January law, those who committed sex crimes as juveniles were allowed to stay on the private juvenile registry even after they became adults. The private registry is only available to schools, law enforcement officials and day-care centers. Everyday residents who can prove they are endangered by a suspected sex offender can petition police to reveal whether that one person is on the juvenile registry.
The teen's attorney, D.J. Tegeler of Geneva, said he hopes the legislature will craft a new law giving back juveniles their privacy and subsequently a chance at rehabilitation while the case is being appealed. …