The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider a civil lawsuit filed by Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis.

Pennsylvania Sex Offender Appeals Florida Law Keeping Him On The Sex Offender Registry

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider a civil lawsuit filed by Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis.

A Pennsylvania man has launched an appeal after a Leon County circuit judge dismissed his challenge to a Florida law that kept him on a sexual-offender registry after a 10-day family vacation to Walt Disney World in 2015.

The man, identified in court documents as John Doe, filed a notice Wednesday that he was taking the case to the 1st District Court of Appeal. As is common, the notice did not detail legal arguments that the man’s lawyers will make at the appeals court.

The man reported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office when he came to Florida in 2015 because he was on a Pennsylvania registry at the time as a result of a child-pornography conviction in 2002.

Doe was removed from the Pennsylvania registry in 2016 but remained registered as a sex offender in Florida, according to court documents.

The man filed a lawsuit in 2020 contending that the Florida law violated his constitutional privacy and due-process rights. But Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey last month dismissed the case, agreeing with an argument by attorneys for the state that a four-year statute of limitations had expired.

Doe registered as a sex offender in Florida in 2015 but didn’t file the lawsuit until 2020.

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One Reply to “Pennsylvania Sex Offender Appeals Florida Law Keeping Him On The Sex Offender Registry”

  1. The problem with saying that the statute of limitations is up is that it appears he is STILL on the registry so his rights are still being violated. By the court’s logic, if someone starts sexually assaulting a someone in 2002 and continues to do so through 2022, the statute of limitations is up for the victim because the victim did not file when the abuse first occurred.

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