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Court: Sex offenders must register when moving to Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that sex offenders required to register elsewhere must also register in Indiana when moving there regardless of when the crime occurred.

The (Munster) Times reports the court ruled 5-0 Thursday that it isn’t unconstitutional retroactive punishment that Indiana requires sex offenders registered elsewhere to also register there.

Sidney Tyson is accused of failing to register as a sex offender after moving to Indiana from Texas in 2009. Tyson’s attorney argued that it’s unconstitutional for Indiana to require Tyson to register because his 2002 conviction preceded the 2006 law mandating registration of out-of-state sex offenders who move to Indiana.

Justice Mark Massa, writing for the court, said Tyson had sufficient notice regarding registration when he moved and that the added burden is minimal because he was already required to register in Texas.