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In the Interest of A.N.
A.N., Minor Child
Attorney for Minor Child
Matthew L. Hudson
Attorney for Appellee State
Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Shelby County, Charles D. Fagan, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Bower, C.J., and Greer and Badding, JJ. Opinion by Greer, J. (12 pages)
A.N. appeals the juvenile court’s ruling placing him on the sex offender registry, claiming the sentence was based on insufficient evidence of his sexual motivation, the court abused its discretion in denying his motion to continue, and his placement on the sex offender registry constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. OPINION HOLDS: The appeal in regards to the sexual motivation of A.N.’s acts is untimely. The court did not abuse its discretion as A.N. did not prove good cause for his absence and given the impending deadline of A.N.’s eighteenth birthday. Placement of a juvenile on the sex offender registry, while punitive, is not cruel and unusual punishment categorically or as applied to A.N.