- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming Legislature committee is considering sponsoring a bill in 2016 that would require court hearings to find the re-offense risk of children eligible for the juvenile sex offender registry.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1E2aiGQ ) that the Joint Judiciary Committee on Friday considered legislation that was drafted by Rep. Sam Krone, a Republican from Cody, but not introduced in the 2015 session. Under the legislation, if judges find a juvenile’s risk of re-offending is low, they may not end up on the registry.

Krone says some prosecutors are not charging children with serious sexual crimes because they want to keep them off the registry.

Juvenile sex offenders have to register for at least 10 years. The names of juvenile offenders are not public, but neighbors are notified of their status.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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