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Washington State: Polygraphs Not Required for Relief from Sex Offender Registration

As juveniles, Jeffrey Hooper and Terry Felice were found guilty of sex crimes that required them to register as sex offenders. In 2008, as adults, they each filed petitions asking the Spokane County Superior Court to relieve them of their duty to register, citing completion of their probation and a sex offender treatment program. The court denied their petitions because the two men failed to provide updated polygraph tests and updated psychological evaluations for the court’s consideration.

Hooper and Felice appealed the decision, stating the court had no authority to impose the additional requirements as conditions for relieving them of their duty to register. On appeal, after review of the pertinent statute, RCW 9A.44.140(4), it was determined the trial court had erred by imposing such requirements. Therefore, the lower court’s decision was reversed and remanded for further proceedings. See: State v. Hooper, 154 Wash.App. 428, 225 P.3d 446 (Wash.App. Div. 3 2010).

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