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ROBERT DOUGLAS MORE v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal law — Sufficiency of the evidence — Failure to provide notice of address change

In 2006, appellant, Robert Douglas More, was convicted of fourth degree sexual offense and second degree assault in the Circuit Court for Howard County as a result of acts committed in October 2005. The version of the Maryland sex offender registration act (“MSORA”) in effect at the time of appellant’s offense and conviction did not require that persons convicted of fourth degree sexual offense register as sex offenders, but gave the trial judge discretion to order such registration. See Md. Code (2001, 2005 Cum. Supp.), §§ 11-701(b)(3), (d)(2) of the Criminal Procedure Article (“CP 2005”).

At the time of his plea and sentencing, the court did not order appellant to register as a sex offender. In 2010, the Maryland General Assembly amended MSORA. The changes required appellant to register as a Tier I sex offender for a term of fifteen years from the date of his conviction, which he did in May 2011. See CP 2010 § 11-707(a)(4). In September 2011, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Department discovered that appellant had not provided notice of a change in his home address as required by MSORA. In February 2012, appellant was charged and convicted in the circuit court of failure to notify appellee, the State, of a change of address. The court sentenced appellant to three years’ incarceration, all suspended, and three years of unsupervised probation.

Appellant appealed his conviction for failing to register …

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