Lawsuit filed on behalf of juveniles placed on Nebraska sex offender registry

More fallout from a 2017 court ruling barring the state from listing a 15-year-old boy on the sex offender list. The Lincoln Journal-Star reports on a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Omaha.

The attorney who successfully sued to keep a 15-year-old boy’s name off the state’s Sex Offender Registry now is seeking to file a class-action lawsuit for those who the Nebraska State Patrol did list.  

Attorney Joshua Weir said it ruined the lives of the seven — listed only as Johnny Doe I through VII — and dozens of others.

“It’s been devastating,” one said Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

He’s no longer on the registry. But, in his late 30s, he got a letter from the state saying he had to register. He then landed on the registry, alongside adult sexual predators, for playing doctor with a girl when he was a prepubescent, 12-year-old boy, he said.

The Unicameral has held a hearing on a bill that would exclude juveniles from the state’s sex offender registry.

Read more in the Lincoln Journal-Star.