COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- The Idaho Supreme Court says a Coeur d'Alene man must continue to register as a sex offender even though the crime he was sentenced for in 1991 wasn't declared a permanently registerable offense until 2009.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday in 55-year-old Randall P. Bottum's appeal. He was sentenced to five years of probation for felony lewd conduct with a minor.

Idaho's 1993 sex offender registration statute required anyone who was in prison or on probation at the time to register for 10 years after they were discharged from probation, and after that time they could seek an exemption. Another law passed in 2009 requiring those convicted of lewd conduct to permanently register.

The high court said Bottum missed the window when he could have applied for an exemption.

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