Court: Sex offenders have right to photograph children
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- The state Court of Appeals says a Wisconsin law barring registered sex offenders from photographing children in public violates their right to free speech.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the court reversed the conviction of a 44-year-old Green Bay man who had been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the non-pornographic photos.
The court also found the law unconstitutional.
Christopher Oatman was on probation for a child sexual assault conviction when his agent searched his apartment in February 2011 and found a camera and cellphone. Authorities found on them photos Oatman had taken of children outside his home riding skateboards or jumping rope. None involved nudity or obscenity.
Oatman pleaded no contest to intentionally photographing children without their parents' consent, so he could appeal on the constitutional issue.