The Utah House on Tuesday unanimously passed a measure Tuesday that would allow some people stuck on the sex-offender registry for the least egregious crimes to petition their way off the list.
Rep. Jack Draxler, R-North Logan, proposed HB13 as a way to provide hope for those seeking a chance at redemption for a past mistake. Several lawmakers emphasized, however, that the change would include a variety of safeguards for victims and that it would apply only to a narrow list of those on the registry.
It would apply only to sex offenses when the minor is 16 or 17 years old and the criminal could not be more than 10 years older than the victim. Five years would have had to pass since the original offense. The bill also would require that the person couldn't have committed a crime excluding traffic offenses and victims would have the right to object to the request from removal.