Removal of man from sex offender registry upheld

Removal of man from sex offender registry upheld

CREATED Jun. 25, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that a man who pleaded no contest to a sexual assault charge in Texas should be removed from Oklahoma's sexual offender registry.

The ruling released Tuesday says amendments to the sex offender registry that increased the length of time that James Starkey Sr. must register are unconstitutional ex post facto laws that increased Starkey's punishment after the crime was committed.

The 68-year-old Starkey was required to register as a sex offender for 10 years after moving to Oklahoma in 1998. A 2004 amendment effectively increased the length by 10 years and a 2007 amendment resulted in Starkey being rated the highest level of sex offender and required that he register for life.

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