The young girl, impregnated by her younger boyfriend at the age of 13, was found guilty of violating a state law that prohibits sex with someone under age The cases examined for this report had a total of convictions often due to multiple charges arising from the same incident. Moreover, early thinking about juvenile sexual offending behavior was based on what was known about adult child molesters, particularly the adult pedophile, under the mistaken belief that a significant portion of them began their offending during childhood. For example, in Delaware in , there were approximately children on the sex offender registry, 55 of whom were under the age of Federal and state laws on sex offender registration and notification fail to take into account relevant—indeed, fundamental—differences between children and adults. Accountability That Fits The harm that people convicted of sex offenses as children have caused to victims of sexual assault must be acknowledged, and justice often requires punishment. We conducted in-person interviews with youth sex offenders, as well as immediate family members of another 15, in those 20 states. A November Maryland Court of Appeals ruling exempts homeless persons from that state's registration requirements, which has prompted a drive to compose new laws covering this contingency. The Lychner Act, passed in , amended the federal community notification laws, providing for a national database to track sex offenders and subjecting certain offenders to lifetime registration and notification requirements. I love both my sons, but at times I felt guilty and ashamed that I cared for Troy even though he had hurt Ted. The Supreme Court of the United States has upheld sex offender registration laws twice, in two respects. The DOJ study did not examine how many of these incidents involved an adult or youth offender. The purpose of this information is to allow members of the public a means to protect themselves from individuals who have committed an offense that requires registration on the Sex Offender Registry. Nevertheless, the public and lawmakers have understandable concern, even understandable outrage, about sex crimes. Sometimes registrants fail to notify DOC about a change in residence, status, or other information. Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Montana all have publicly accessible registries for those convicted of murder.