Reverend Jeffrey Stallworth won his fight to be removed from the Mississippi sex offender registry. The Mississippi Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision denying him the relief. Reverend Stallworth pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of sexual offense in the fourth degree in Maryland in 2002. He had to register as a sex offender. A Prince George County Court (Maryland) expunged his conviction in 2010. However, a Hinds County court refused to remove him from the registry.
The Mississippi Supreme Court stated:
Under Mississippi law, an expungement removes “all records relating to an arrest, indictment, trial, and finding of guilt, in order to restore one to the status occupied prior thereto . . . .” At the moment Stallworth’s Maryland conviction was expunged, the law provides that he was restored to the status he had occupied before he was convicted, which means that—in the eyes of the law—he had no conviction. And before Stallworth was convicted, he had no duty to register as a sex offender.3 So if we are to follow the law and recognize that Stallworth has been returned to that status, then we must find that he has no present duty to register as a sex offender.