sued Hickenlooper in his official capacity, in Federal Court. Subjecting alienated and confused youth sex offenders to long term public humiliation, stigmatization and barriers to education, employment and housing exacerbates the psychological difficulties they already experienced as adolescents. Instead, all the sex offender registries accomplish is to provide information to harass, isolate, discriminate and demonize sex offenders who have completed their treatment and pose no demonstrable risk to community safety whatsoever.
"Adolescence is a developmental period characterized by identity formation. The label of 'sex offender' and 'child molester' has caused profound damage to A. These harms are compounded by the shame that comes with registration and notification, which lacks an endpoint. Additionally, 59 percent reported that other children at school treated them differently when it was discovered that they had a parent on the registry. "There is zero peer-reviewed empirical, statistical or anecdotal evidence or research that the sex offender registries 'keep children safe' or that the sex offender registries have any demonstrable positive impact upon community safety.
Disclosure of the registry names in general - and the publishing of the registry on the Internet in particular - are invasions of their Fourteenth Amendment right to personal privacy." They ask the court to enjoin enforcement of the law as unconstitutional.
"With hundreds of new registrants added each year in Colorado, law enforcement is stymied in their attempt to focus on the most dangerous offenders. The effects of registration can touch later generations of children as well as the child sex offenders themselves. A.'s children wake up every morning wondering if sex offender signs may be on their front lawns; how many people are going to ride by their house, point and shout obscenities; how many people are going to watch every move their parents make; how many times people are going to call the police to report their parents have done something for an average person would be normal but because the parent is a known 'sex offender,' it is suspicious behavior; how many more birthdays will be with just family because other parents will not let their kids come to the party; how many parties they will not be invited to; and how many field trips they will not attend because it is too hard to listen to the whispers of the other parents." Such are the costs of a registry law that doesn't even work, the plaintiffs say. has not been contacted one single time in fifteen years pursuant to an investigation of a crime in his neighborhood.
is bad public policy, including the fact it overburdens law enforcement with large numbers of people to monitor, undifferentiated by their dangerousness," the complaint states.