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Megan’s Law for Pennsylvania

updated 8/1/13

Contact Person: Lt. Todd L. Harman, State Police (717) 783-4363 Fax (717) 705-8839.
Offenders Required to Register: An individual convicted of a sexually violent offense. These are: Rape; Aggravated Indecent Assault; Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse; Statutory Sexual Assault; Kidnapping (victim is a minor); Indecent Assault where the offense is graded as a Misdemeanor of the first degree or higher; Incest (victim is a minor); Promotion of Prostitution (victim is a minor); Obscene and other Sexual Materials (victim is a minor); Unlawful Contact or Communication with Minor; Sexual Exploitation of Children; Luring a Child into a Motor Vehicle or Structure; Institutional Sexual Assault; Sexual Abuse of Children; Unlawful Restraint; False Imprisonment; Interference with the custody of children; Corruption of Minors; Invasion of Privacy; and Criminal Attempt or Criminal Solicitation or Criminal Conspiracy to commit any of the listed offenses. An individual convicted of an equivalent offense where the conviction occurred in another state, territory, federal court, the District of Columbia or where the individual was sentenced by court martial, or where the individual was required to register under a sexual offender statute in the jurisdiction where they were convicted, and the individual: resides in Pennsylvania; or is employed or is a student in Pennsylvania. Juveniles are required to register if they were 14 years of age or older at the time of offense and they were adjudicated delinquent for, Rape; Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Aggravated Indecent Assault, or an attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit such offenses; or were deemed by a court to be a Sexually Violent Delinquent Child.
Information Collected: Aliases, identifying factors such as photo and fingerprints; scars, marks, and tattoos; race, gender, and ethnicity; SSN; date of birth; residential address; employment address; school address; vehicle information, collect criminal history of the offender, documentation of treatment received for mental abnormality or personality disorder.
Administrating Agency: The Pennsylvania State Police, Megan’s Law Section.
Timeframe for Registration:

Offenders must register at the time of sentencing with the Pennsylvania State Police. Offenders are required to notify the Pennsylvania State Police within three business days of any change of residence or establishment of an additional residence(s). Offenders are required to notify the Pennsylvania State Police within three business days of any change of employer or employment location. Offenders are required to notify the Pennsylvania State Police within three business days of any change of institution or location at which the offender is enrolled as a student, or termination of enrollment. Offenders are required to notify the Pennsylvania State Police within three business days of becoming employed or enrolled as a student if the offender has not previously provided that information to the Pennsylvania State Police. Offenders are required to register with the appropriate law enforcement authorities in another state within three business days of establishing a residence in another state.

Offenders moving to Pennsylvania are required to report to an approved registration site within three business days of arriving in Pennsylvania all required information.

Applies to Out of State Offenders: Offenders convicted in jurisdictions outside Pennsylvania must meet all registration requirements in the state of origin or Pennsylvania, whichever is greater.
Duration of Requirement: 15-Year Registration for offenders convicted of the following offenses: Unlawful Restraint, False Imprisonment, Interference with the custody of children,; Luring a Child into a Motor Vehicle or Structure; Institutional Sexual Assault; Indecent Assault where the offense is graded as a Misdemeanor of the first degree or higher; Invasion of Privacy, Corruption of Minors, Offenders convicted of Criminal Conspiracy, Criminal Solicitation or Criminal Attempt to commit any of the offenses under 15 -year registration. Offenders convicted in jurisdictions outside the Commonwealth of an equivalent offense listed under the 15 year registration where the conviction occurred in another state, territory, Federal court, the District of Columbia, or where the offender was sentenced by court martial, or where the offender was required to register under a sexual offender statute in the jurisdiction where the offender was convicted, and the offender: Resides in the Commonwealth; or is employed in the Commonwealth; or is a student in the Commonwealth. 25-year registration is required for , Statutory Sexual Assault; Institutional Sexual Assault; prostitution and related offenses, where the actor promotes the prostitution of a minor; obscene and other sexual materials and performances where the victim is a minor; Sexual Abuse of Children; Unlawful Contact with a Minor, Sexual Exploitation of Children ; Offenders convicted of Criminal Conspiracy, Criminal Solicitation or Criminal Attempt to commit any of the offenses under 25 -year registration. Offenders convicted in jurisdictions outside the Commonwealth of an equivalent offense listed under the 25-year registration where the conviction occurred in another state, territory, Federal court, the District of Columbia, or where the offender was sentenced by court martial, or where the offender was required to register under a sexual offender statute in the jurisdiction where the offender was convicted, and the offender: Resides in the Commonwealth; or is employed in the Commonwealth; or is a student in the Commonwealth. Lifetime Registration for offenders convicted of the following offenses: Offenders with two or more convictions of any of the offenses set forth, under the 15 Year and 25 year registration period; Rape; Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse; Sexual Assault; Aggravated Indecent Assault; Incest, Kidnapping ; Offenders designated by the court as Sexually Violent Predators; Offenders being released from a state or county correctional facility for any of the offenses under lifetime registration; Offenders convicted of Criminal Conspiracy, Criminal Solicitation or Criminal Attempt to commit any of the offenses under lifetime registration. Offenders convicted in jurisdictions outside the Commonwealth of an equivalent offense listed under lifetime registration where the conviction occurred in another state, territory, Federal court, the District of Columbia, or where the offender was sentenced by court martial, or where the offender was required to register under a sexual offender statute in the jurisdiction where the offender was convicted, and the offender: Resides in the Commonwealth; or is employed in the Commonwealth; or is a student in the Commonwealth.
Verification of Address: For 15-year registrants: the Pennsylvania State Police verifies the registrants’ addresses though an address verification process which is done annually on the anniversary date of their initial registration. The registrant must appear at an approved registration site to complete a verification form and to be photographed. 25 year registrants must verify their address semi-annually. For Lifetime registrants Sexually Violent Predators, Juveniles and Sexually Violent Delinquent Children the Pennsylvania State Police verifies the registrants’ addresses through an address verification process which is done quarterly.
Penalties for Non-Compliance: Sexual Offenders who fail to comply with the requirements of Megan’s Law commits a Felony.
Access to Information: Members of the public may search for registered Sex Offenders or Sexually Violent Predators living, working or attending school in their community through a web site maintained by the Pennsylvania State Police, Megan’s Law Section. Members of the public are only entitled to the information about registered persons provided on the website. No other information can be provided to the public. Additional information on a Sexually Violent Predators residing in your community may be obtained by contacting the chief law enforcement officer in your community. In communities where the Pennsylvania State Police is the primary law enforcement agency, members of the public may contact the local Pennsylvania State Police station for community notification flyers.
Confidentiality Provision: Yes
Number Registered: 17,568
Percent Compliance:

97.5% Compliant

2.5%   Non-Compliant

Internet Access: http://www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us