Appeals court judges say a convicted sex offender from Monmouth County is subject to Megan's Law even though it didn't go into effect until after his conviction.

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A two-judge panel ruled Tuesday that the stiffer penalty given to Charles Hunt of Union Beach was appropriate after he failed to register as a sex offender when he was released from prison in 2011.

According to the Star Ledger, the appellate judges found that hunt's failure-to-register offense was a new crime he committed in 2011 after the state legislature changed the law in 2007, affirming his five-year probationary sentence.

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