October 9, 2015

Colorado Court of Appeals: Statutory Language Precludes Discontinuation of Colorado Sex Offender Registration for Out of State Conviction

The Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in People v. Curtiss on Thursday, August 14, 2014.

Sexual Assault on a Child—Sex Offender Registry—Petition to Discontinue Registration.

Curtiss pleaded guilty to the felony charge of first-degree sexual assault of a child in Oneida County, Wisconsin. He was required to register as a sex offender as a condition of his probation. Thereafter, Curtiss moved to Colorado and registered as a sex offender in this state. Curtiss later filed a petition in district court requesting to be removed from the Colorado sex offender registry, which was denied by the district court.

On appeal, Curtiss argued that the district court erred in denying his petition to discontinue registration. CRS §16-22-113(3) applies to persons whose convictions were obtained from out-of-state courts and prohibits removal from the registry for an offense comparable to sexual assault on a child in Colorado. Because Curtiss was convicted of an offense comparable to Colorado’s offense of sexual assault on a child, he was not eligible for discontinuation of sex offender registration. The order was affirmed.

Summary and full case available here, courtesy of The Colorado Lawyer.

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