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The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court concluding that Defendant was eligible to petition for relief from the duty to register as a sex offender only if he had been registered for twenty-five years, holding that the district court did not err.
Thirteen years after his conviction of four-degree sexual assault, now codified as third-degree sexual assault, Defendant began registering as a sex offender when he learned he was obligated to do so by a change in the statute. Twenty-five years after his conviction, Defendant filed a petition seeking to be relieved of the duty to register. The district court granted the petition. When the Division of Criminal Investigation moved for relief from the judgment the district court. The district court granted the motion, holding that Defendant was eligible for relief only after he had been registered for twenty-five years. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the district court did not err when it interpreted the Wyoming Sex Offender Registration Act (WSORA); (2) the WSORA is not an ex post facto punishment; and (3) Defendant failed to raise a timely or cogent claim that the WSORA violated his constitutional right to protection.