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Ohio v Wood

6-28-2013 Ohio:

Ohio v Wood

This is an appeal by the State of Ohio from a trial court decision dismissing an indictment against a sex offender who was charged with failing to provide notice of change of address. The trial court found that the defendant had no duties under Ohio's current sex offender registration scheme, the Adam Walsh Act ("AWA"), because he had committed his crime prior to the effective date of the act.

It (trial court) also found that he had no duties under the prior version of the registration scheme, Megan's Law, because Megan's Law had been repealed by the time he was released from prison.

We conclude that the trial court was right about the AWA but wrong about the offender's duties under Megan's Law (prior version).

As a result, we reverse the judgment dismissing the indictment and remand this case for further proceedings.

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