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Q. I'm thirty years old and happily married to a wonderful man and have great kids. Only problem is that he's a registered sex offender. He was eighteen and knocked up his fifteen-year-old girlfriend, and her parent's pressed charges. Is there anyway to get his name taken off this awful list? We've been kicked out of neighborhoods countless times, he can't get good jobs, our kids have trouble making friends because no one wants their children staying over at our house; all because no one really bothers to take the time to look up what kind of sex offender he is listed as. I feel that people in these situations end up being labeled as perverts and pedofiles when he really didn't commit much of a crime. Any way to help this situation?
Dear Juneau Resident,
The law does allow for someone to be removed from the list 15 years after the unconditional discharge of the defendant. The original charge has to be non-aggravated so the specifics of the case will come into play. I have attached the entire law below. You would need to contact the Department of Public Safety to apply for removal since they maintain the registry.
Sec. 12.63.020. Duration of sex offender or child kidnapper duty to register.
(a) The duty of a sex offender or child kidnapper to comply with the requirements of AS 12.63.010 for each sex offense or child kidnapping
(1) continues for the lifetime of a sex offender or child kidnapper convicted of
(A) one aggravated sex offense; or
(B) two or more sex offenses, two or more child kidnappings, or one sex offense and one child kidnapping; for purposes of this section, a person convicted of indecent exposure before a person under 16 years of age under AS 11.41.460 more than two times has been convicted of two or more sex offenses;
(2) ends 15 years following the sex offender's or child kidnapper's unconditional discharge from a conviction for a single sex offense that is not an aggravated sex offense or for a single child kidnapping if the sex offender or child kidnapper has supplied proof that is acceptable to the department of the unconditional discharge; the registration period under this paragraph
(A) is tolled for each year that a sex offender or child kidnapper
(i) fails to comply with the requirements of this chapter;
(ii) is incarcerated for the offense or kidnapping for which the offender or kidnapper is required to register or for any other offense;
(B) may include the time a sex offender or child kidnapper was absent from this state if the sex offender or child kidnapper has complied with any sex offender or child kidnapper registration requirements of the jurisdiction in which the offender or kidnapper was located and if the sex offender or child kidnapper provides the department with proof of the compliance while the sex offender or child kidnapper was absent from this state; and
(C) continues for a sex offender or child kidnapper who has not supplied proof acceptable to the department of the offender's or kidnapper's unconditional discharge for the sex offense or child kidnapping requiring registration.
(b) The department shall adopt, by regulation, procedures to notify a sex offender or child kidnapper who, on the registration form under AS 12.63.010 , lists a conviction for a sex offense or child kidnapping that is a violation of a former law of this state or a law of another jurisdiction, of the duration of the offender's or kidnapper's duty under (a) of this section for that sex offense or child kidnapping. As a part of the regulations, the department shall require the offender or kidnapper to supply proof acceptable to the department of unconditional discharge and the date it occurred.