All other considerations aside if he went to prison he cannot now reduce the charge to a misdemeanor. I don't think that moving to another state will have any affect on his record in CA.
Definitely consult with an attorney who can review the specific facts of your case to determine if the felony can be reduced to a misdemeanor. There are several factors that come into play and some important facts not presented here would need to be taken into consideration.
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Change of state does not affect what conviction he has in CA. They may be other options available, however, more information is needed. Consult an attorney, many in AVVO give free consultation.
If he's looking to more he should consider states that don't have lifetime sex registration requirements.
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