Commonwealth v. Zeno

In 2007, when he was a minor, Zeno pleaded guilty to rape of a child as well as related sex crimes. In 2018, Zeno 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, ruling because Zeno was a juvenile at the time he committed the crimes, he cannot be required to register under SORNA.

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