In addition to the obvious stigma associated with deviant behavior, listed offenders cannot live near schools or work with children.
Additionally, their photos are often publicly available online, they're banned from social networking sites, and they must get permission to travel across state lines.
Under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2007, the states are required to have statutes demanding sex-offender registration for those convicted of kidnapping or falsely imprisoning minors.
The Georgia court ruled that the plain meaning of "sex offender" was overridden by the state's law."Rainer's belief that the term 'sexual offender' may only apply to offenders who commit sexual offenses against minors does not change the fact that the definition provided in the statute, and not the definition that Rainer wishes to impose upon the statute, controls," the court's majority said.
Fitz represents a convict who was charged with false imprisonment when he was 18 for briefly detaining a 17-year-old girl during a soured drug deal.