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Sexual Offenders and Passive Public Notifications

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Under Megan's Law and now, SORNA, there are "passive" notification requirements for the State Police to track and register sex offenders on a public website.

By Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini, SORNA Attorney, Harrisburg, PA

Under Title 42 Pa.C.S.A. Section 9798.1 (Act 152 of 2004), also referred to as Megan's Law III, sexual offenders, both 10 year and lifetime registrants, will have their personal identifiers posted on public website maintained by the PA State Police.  This data will include the following descriptors:

  • Name and all known aliases;
  • Year of birth;
  • Residence address, including the street address, municipality, county and zip code of all residences, including, where applicable, the name of the prison or other place of confinement;
  • The street address, municipality, county, zip code and name of any institution or location at which the person is enrolled as a student;
  • The municipality, county and zip code of any employment location;
  • A photograph of the offender, which shall be updated not less than annually;
  • A physical description of the offender, including sex, height, weight, eye color, hair color and race;
  • Any identifying marks, including scars, birthmarks and tattoos;
  • The license plate number and description of any vehicle owned or registered to the offender;
  • Whether the offender is currently compliant with registration requirements;
  • Whether the victim is a minor;
  • A description of the offense or offenses which triggered the application of this subchapter;
  • The date of the offense and conviction, if available.

The State Police are charged with the responsibility of maintaining this website and ensuring its accuracy.  Any offender or registrant may challenge the details contained on the public site by contacting the State Police Commissioner's Office.  Citizens will receive public alerts, when requested, when an offender relocates or locates near them upon their release from confinement.

If you have questions about your rights as an offender or have been charged with a violation of these registration requirements, you need to deal with the situation immediately.  Penalties can be severe.  You may contact Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC toll free or email us today.

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