775 F. 3d 1225, reversed.
This case is an appeal from a federal charge and applies to the Federal Laws on Registered Offenders. You will not the last lines in the opinion state: ". . .Both parties agree that the new law captures Nichols’s conduct. Supp. Brief for United States 3; Reply Brief 10; Tr. of Oral Arg. 18, 35. And, of course, Nichols’s failure to update his registration in Kansas violated state law. Kan. Stat. Ann. §22–4905(g). We are thus reassured that our holding today is not likely to create “loopholes and deficiencies” in SORNA’s nationwide sex-offender registration scheme."
The case summary:
The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) makes it a federal crime for certain sex offenders to “knowingly fai[l] to register or update a registration,” 18 U. S. C. §2250(a)(3), and requires that offenders who move to a different State “shall, not later than 3 business days after each change of name, residence, employment, or student status,” inform in person “at least 1 jurisdiction involved pursuant to [42 U. S. C. §16913(a)] . . . of all changes” to required information, §16913(c). A §16913(a) jurisdiction is “each jurisdiction where the offender resides, . . . is an employee, and . . . is a student.”
Petitioner Nichols, a registered sex offender who moved from Kansas to the Philippines without updating his registration, was arrested, escorted to the United States, and charged with violating SORNA. After conditionally pleading guilty, Nichols argued on appeal that SORNA did not require him to update his registration in Kansas. The Tenth Circuit affirmed his conviction, holding that though Nichols left Kansas, the State remained a “jurisdiction involved” for SORNA purposes.
Held: SORNA did not require Nichols to update his registration in Kansas once he departed the State.