ILLINOIS OFFENDER LAW UPHELD
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled sex offenders as young as 12 can be ordered to register as sexual predators for the rest of their lives. The justices upheld a law that requires juvenile predators, those who commit the most serious sexual offenses, be held accountable for their actions, though their names and photos are not posted on the Internet, as is done with adult sexual offenders. Three of the justices, one in a dissent and two in a concurring opinion, called on Illinois legislators to rewrite the law. The ruling involved a boy who had pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two 7 year old boys in 1999, when he was 12. He was ordered to serve 5 years' probation and register as a sex offender.