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2010-UP-403 - State v. Youngblood

THIS OPINION HAS NO PRECEDENTIAL VALUE.  IT SHOULD NOT BE CITED OR RELIED ON AS PRECEDENT IN ANY PROCEEDING EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BY RULE 268(d)(2), SCACR.

THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
In The Court of Appeals

The State, Respondent,

v.

Kevin M. Youngblood, Appellant.


Appeal From Richland County
Kenneth G. Goode, Circuit Court Judge


Unpublished Opinion No.  2010-UP-403
Submitted September 1, 2010 – Filed September 16, 2010


AFFIRMED


Appellate Defender LaNelle C. DuRant, of Columbia, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh,  Assistant Attorney General Deborah R.J. Shupe, Assistant Attorney General Megan B. Wines, and Assistant Attorney General William M. Blitch, all of Columbia, for Respondent.

PER CURIAM: Kevin M. Youngblood pled guilty to criminal solicitation of a minor and was sentenced to eighteen months' imprisonment.  On appeal, Youngblood argues the trial court violated his constitutional rights by requiring him to register as a sex offender.  We affirm[1] pursuant to Rule 220(b)(1), SCACR, and the following authority:  Hendrix v. Taylor, 353 S.C. 542, 550-552, 579 S.E.2d 320, 324-25 (2003) (holding the sex offender registry does violate the defendant's due process and equal protection rights); Williams v. State, 378 S.C. 511, 515-16, 662 S.E.2d 615, 617-18 (Ct. App. 2008) (holding the South Carolina Sex Offender Registry Act "is not so punitive in purpose or effect as to constitute a criminal penalty" and finding instead the registration requirement to be a collateral consequence of the defendant's sentence).

AFFIRMED.

FEW, C.J., HUFF and GEATHERS, JJ., concur.


[1]  We decide this case without oral argument pursuant to Rule 215, SCACR.