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Maryland Man Remains On Sex Offender Registry After Appeal

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A Maryland sex offender who appealed to the state's highest court to be taken off the state's sex offender registry is still on the list, reports the Associated Press.

The man, identified in court documents as John Doe, pleaded guilty in 2006 to sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl in 1983 and '84. In March, a Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that crime was committed before the sex offender registry existed and therefore, his name was ordered removed.

The registry, which started in 1995, is an online tool that shows where sex offenders live and requires they update the state when they move.

The man's lawyer, Nancy Forster, says she's appalled Maryland's Department of Public Safety is ignoring the ruling and has filed a motion for contempt.

The department and the Maryland attorney general's office so far, declined to comment on the case.

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