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Dec 7, 2015 11:59 AM

Sex offender headed to NH court to seek change in status

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — A sex offender is heading to court to try to get his lifetime sex offender registration requirement lifted so he can get into subsidized housing.

The state's highest court ruled in February it was unconstitutional to require the offender, who is allowed to proceed as John Doe by court order, to register as a sex offender for life without a hearing. His 1987 conviction predates the 1994 creation of the registry.

Doe waived a hearing on dangerousness last month.

Prosecutors say having the opportunity to be removed from the sex offender registry is not the same as actually being removed.

Both sides are heading to Merrimack County Superior Court Monday.

Victim advocates are monitoring the case and working with lawmakers to be sure victims are notified of attempts to alter registration requirements.

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