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updated: 11/9/2012 9:11 AM

Ill. sex offender doesn't have to register in Ind.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The state appeals court says a man who was convicted of sexual assault in another state isn't required to register as a sex offender in Indiana.

The court ruling says that Indiana's requirement wasn't in effect in 1987 when 46-year-old Jerome Burton of Hammond was convicted in Illinois, and the state Supreme Court has ruled that the 1994 law can't be applied retroactively.

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The Times of Munster reports (http://bit.ly/Q1Htla ) that Burton is awaiting trial in Lake County on two felony counts of failure to register as a sex offender. The appeals panel ordered the county court to dismiss the case.

State attorneys had argued Burton was required to register in Indiana because he was convicted in 2003 and 2007 for failing to register in Illinois.

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