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  • Administrative Hearing Required for SORNA II
    Administrative Hearing Required for SORNA II

    An administrative hearing is required of the Pennsylvania State Police prior to assigning sex offender to a “Tier” for a non-Pennsylvania conviction. In an recent en banc decision announced by the ...

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  • Date Rape and the Defense of 'Mistake of Fact'
    Date Rape and the Defense of 'Mistake of Fact'

    I have dealt with many sexual assault cases in the past where there is a genuine mistake of the fact as to whether or not the victim has consented to the particular circumstances that lead to the ...

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  • What is Meant by “Penetration However Slight?”
    What is Meant by “Penetration However Slight?”

    By Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini , Criminal Defense Lawyer for Sexual Abuse Crimes, Harrisburg, PA There are many crimes in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States that require “penetration ...

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  • Discovery in Child Sexual Abuse Cases
    Discovery in Child Sexual Abuse Cases

    I will always look first to the use of the Pennsylvania rules, statutes, court decisions and other regular channels of discovery and use them to obtain discovery beyond the police reports. “Discovery” ...

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  • PA House Passes Bill to Increase Child Abuse Vigilance in Wake of Sandusky
    PA House Passes Bill to Increase Child Abuse Vigilance in Wake of Sandusky

    Alleged perpetrator must be interviewed or attempts made under Bill. Under the PA House Bill, efforts are to be made to interview the alleged suspect of a child abuse. These efforts, while laudable, ...

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  • Statutory Sexual Assault- Four Years Means 1461 Full Days
    Statutory Sexual Assault- Four Years Means 1461 Full Days

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court in Commonwealth v. Price, 2018 Pa. Super. 105, ___ A.3d ___ (May 2, 2018), recently vacated the judgment of sentence of the York County Court of Common Pleas. The issue ...

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