A sex offender may not be elevated into a higher-risk category for having a relationship with a “victim” if the teenage target was actually an undercover police officer with whom he chatted online, a judge ruled.

One provision of the state’s Risk Assessment Instrument, which grades sex offenders on the danger of their committing sex crimes if they are released into the public, assigns higher negative marks to offenders for their having had a “relationship” with a victim.

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