Flashers could land on sex offender registry

Flashers could land on sex offender registry

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Anyone convicted of flashing their private parts three or more times would land themselves on the state's sex offender registry under a bill the Utah House has approved.

Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, says his bill is intended to make parents aware that someone might have a problem. Originally, his bill would have placed anyone convicted of the offense only one time on the registry. Ray says it's not his intent to punish someone who makes a mistake and pulls a juvenile prank.

His bill would also place someone convicted of sexual battery on the registry.

House Bill 136 passed 66-2 in the House on Wednesday. It will now be debated in the Senate.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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