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Web of government registration requirements leads to arrest, firing

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Six years ago, high school senior Michael Byars briefly dated a freshman girl. They had sex, and so Byers became not only a criminal — guilty of “lascivious acts with a child,” — but also permanently branded as a “sex offender.” Sex-offender registries exist all over the country. Their most understandable purpose: letting parents know if a repeat rapist or child molester lives on...