Is a Registry for Juvenile Sex Offenders a Form of ‘Child Abuse’?

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Thomas Arrowwood, 38, has been on Oregon’s sex offenders’ registry for a crime adjudicated when he was 12. He’s likely to be on it for the rest of his life because he committed the offense before a 2014 state law giving judges more discretion for juveniles who commit sex crimes. Photo by Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard.

Thomas Arrowhead, now 38, was found guilty of a sodomy charge when he was 12 years old. But because he committed the offense before a 2014 Oregon law that allowed judges discretion in requiring juveniles to register as sex offenders, he will likely have to live with the label for the rest of his life . . .

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