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(NEWSER) – It's perfectly constitutional to require some convicted sex offenders to wear a GPS tracker all day, every day, for the rest of their lives. That's per the Seventh Circuit federal appeals court, which ruled Friday on the case of Michael Belleau.

He was convicted in 1992 of sexually assaulting a boy from the time the boy was 8 until he was 13; Belleau served a year in prison, but while he was on probation he was convicted of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl. For that, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and paroled after six; a year later he confessed to "grooming" two little girls for sex, his parole was revoked, and he was committed for five years. In 2010, he was released, but only under the condition that he wear a GPS monitoring anklet every hour of every day for the rest of his life, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports. Belleau sued the Wisconsin Department of Corrections over the statute requiring that penalty, Courthouse News reports.

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