Nov 16, 2015 5:17 PM

Recent court ruling could allow thousands of NH sex offenders to be removed from registry

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — Advocates for sexual assault victims fear a recent ruling could end up allowing more than half the state's registered sex criminals to be removed from a list of offenders with no opportunity for their victims to be heard.

The case stems from the 1987 conviction of a man who sexually assaulted his stepdaughter. When the state's highest court in February ruled it was unconstitutional to require him to register as a sex offender for life without a hearing, he began the process of getting off the list.

His victim only heard about the effort from prosecutors who needed information. She would not have ordinarily been notified.

The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence says about 1,500 of the state's 2,800 registered sex offenders could be affected.

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