A New Jersey teenager who, at age 12, was caught “playing doctor” with his 6-year-old half-brother must register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday, reports the Newark Star-Ledger. The decision reversed a lower-court court ruling that the teenager, now 19 and identified only as “T.T.,” was exempt because his offense was not sexually motivated.
The justices said T.T.’s offense amounted to aggravated sexual assault and subjected him to Megan’s Law. That requires him to register annually with police and notify them of any change in his address, school, or place of work. The court blocked plans to distribute Megan’s Law warning notices about T.T. to community groups, day care centers, and schools within a half-mile of his home. Moderate-risk sex offenders are subjected to such notification, but the justices ruled that T.T. could be categorized as low-risk. In 2000, T.T. was visiting the home where his half-brother lives when he used a douche bottle to give the younger boy an enema.