There is little that is more terrifying than being told to register as a sex offender in Minnesota. The stigma that comes with being labelled a sex offender is intense and extends to more than just the home or work. Details of the conviction are available for everyone to read and there is next to nothing an offender can do to leave his or her past behind. Sadly, the Minnesota Sex Offender Registry can cause untold chaos in a person’s life and it is not just for the most serious of criminals.
Take, for example, “sexting.” The practice of sending sexually explicit photographs by text message has caught on among Minnesota’s teenagers. But if they send those pictures to others, they can be found guilty of creating child pornography. Worse, if they send the pictures to someone out of the state, they can be found guilty of a federal crime. To top it off, they will likely be forced to register as sex offenders.
In certain situations, teenagers who have consensual sexual intercourse must also register as sex offenders. Even though no one was forced into having sex, the fact that they are under a certain age could result in not only a conviction for a sex crime, but also a spot on the registry.
Finally, certain types of indecent exposure could be enough to get on the Minnesota Sex Offender Registry.
Are all of these things criminal under Minnesota law? Yes, but that does not necessarily make them so severe that a person deserves to spend years on a sex offender registry.
Source: Business Insider, “7 Surprising Things That Could Make You A Sex Offender,” Erin Fuchs, Oct. 9, 2013