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Commonwealth v. Zeno

Pennsylvania Superior Court

May 7, 2020

In 2007, when he was a minor, the defendant pleaded guilty to rape of a child as well as related sex crimes. In 2018, the defendant filed a motion to bar imposition of registration pursuant to SORNA. He argued that, because he was a juvenile at the time he committed the offenses, requiring him to register as a sex offender would constitute cruel and unusual punishment, and violate the due process and equal protection clauses of the United States and Pennsylvania Constitutions. The trial court denied the motion. The Superior Court reversed and ruled, because the defendant was a juvenile when he committed the crimes, he could not be required to register under SORNA.

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