My question involves criminal law for the state of: Iowa
I know a person who was deemed guilty for a sexual offense that happened when he was 8 years old, we will call him Jerry. The situation was over children being children and doing stupid things that some children think might be funny at the time. However, the parents of the other child "also a minor" took it beyond. We will call this person Pete. So we have 2 minors: a 7 year old that supposidly did something to this 3 year old. The court case happended when Jerry was 13. He was placed in 3 juvinile homes and there was a court order to release him to go back home to parents but that never happend. The homes tried to give him bargins like "admit that you did it and we will let you go home". He never admitted to it b/c it never happend. He went through 3 homes and never admitted to the crime. The case kept getting moved and at 17 he was put on the registry list for 10 years. The messed up part is that the Aunt was the one who really did this to the kid and she blamed the 8 year old for doing it. There was no evidence of anything happening just hearsay.
1.) Can he be removed from the list in Iowa since he was a minor age 8 when this offense supposidly happened and court happened at 13. The other child was also a minor.
2.) Since Jerry was a minor should he be on the On-Line list? Or list in general?
3.) Jerry is getting his record ex-sponged but does that also remove him from the registry list?
This case is so messed up and there are so many loop holes that most lawyers will not even take it b/c its very complex and so old. Jerry has been double dinged with an offense that he did not commit.