In "Planet America extra podcast (PEP)" 25 Sep (At 1 hour 27 minutes) Dr David Smith made the following claim:
"The national sex offender registry is a disaster in all kinds of respects, the biggest disaster being the vast majority of people on it were children when they actually committed their crimes."
I have heard this claim before anecdotally but not from such a reputable source. Dr David Smith is "Senior Lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy, United States Studies Centre (School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney)".
The interviewer is Chas Licciardello. Host of an in-depth News show on ABC Australia specialising in American Politics (Planet America). You may also recognise him from his comedy days as the comedian who dressed as Osama Bin Laden to sneak into APEC in 2007
My own research doesn't reach "vast majority".
This 10 year old report says average age of being added to the sex offender registry is 33 (although they exclude offenders under 18).
I can also find news stories children being added to the registry, but nothing saying children are the majority of sex offenders.
Were the vast majority of people on the National Sex Offender Registry children when they committed their crime?