No GPS devices for sex crimes before 2007, court rules

The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that the state can’t force sex offenders convicted before a GPS monitoring program was signed into law to wear the tracking devices.

The justices voted, 4-3, that it was unconstitutional for the state Parole Board to require a suspect who served 23 years for attempted assault of a minor to wear the device after he was released from prison in 2009.

Attorneys for 81-year-old George C. Riley, of Eatontown, argued that ordering him to wear a GPS device on his ankle was an additional punishment.

The state argued that Riley should wear the device because of his Megan’s Law designation.

Riley was convicted in 1986 of trying to have sex with an 11-year-old girl. The Sex Offender Monitoring Act was signed into law in 2007.

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