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.

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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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