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Man In Fishkill Sues NY Sex Offender Registry As Unconstitutional Citing Housing Lack

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 8 –   A man who has served twenty years in prison for kidnapping a 17 year old in connection with drug gang activity has sued the requirement that he register as a sex offender because the kidnappee was under 18 and not his child.     

         On November 8 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.  

 The man, Karl Pennington, is challenging the constitutionality and enforcement of New York's Sex Offender Registration Scheme, N.Y. Correct. Law Section 168-b. He is in the Fishkill Correctional Facility, granted parole but still detained as a sex offender.  

 He says he is unable to find housing that complies with New York's Sexual Assault Reform Act - "housing that multiple courts have found is virtually non-existent in New York City."   

This issue would seem to impact a number of defendants. Judge Parker on November 8 concluded, "I'll just sit tight and wait for good news."

The case is Pennington v. Annucci, 21-cv-7322 (Woods / Parker)


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