Maddox pleads guilty, can still appeal - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/20/10

Maddox pleads guilty, can still appeal constitutionality of sex offender registry

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Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office

By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Ralph Maddox, 54, pleads guilty in Lubbock federal court to one charge of failure to register as a sex offender, but there's a catch. As part of his plea bargain he may continue his appeal on constitutional grounds.

Back in July, Assistant Federal Public Defender David Sloan wrote that the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act "is unconstitutional under the Fifth Amendment and the indictment should be dismissed."

Prosecutors argued otherwise and the judge ruled against Maddox. Maddox was convicted in Jackson County Missouri in 1993 of a charge called Sodomy Of A Child. He was ordered to serve five years probation.

He registered as a sex offender in Missouri, and later California. When he moved from California to Lubbock, he did not register. Maddox argues he was never officially told that he had to. Again, prosecutors argue otherwise.

Maddox will be sentenced at a later date to no more than 10 years in prison.

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