Under Pennsylvania’s version of Megan’s Law, if you plead guilty to or are convicted of certain sex crimes, you must register with the state police as a sex offender. The registration may be for as little as 15 years, but may also be for the rest of your life. Once you have registered, you may be required to provide detailed information to any member of the public, including potential employers, landlords, neighbors and family members. Whenever you move, you must notify local law enforcement officers of your registration. This information may then be made available to schools, daycare facilities and others in the area.
Requirements When Moving to Pennsylvania
If you are registered as a sex offender in another state, you must report personally to an approved registration/verification site within three days of your arrival in Pennsylvania, whether you are entering the state to go to school, become a permanent resident, take a job, or simply be in the state for more than three days.
Under Pennsylvania law, Megan’s law offenders fall under certain categories or “tiers.”
- Tier 1 violators must register for a minimum of 15 years. Tier 1 offenses include, but are not limited to, video voyeurism, indecent assault, luring a child into a structure or motor vehicle, using misleading words or images on the Internet and sexual abuse of children.
- Tier 2 violators must register for 25 years. These offenses include, but are not limited to, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, sex trafficking, sexual exploitation, child pornography, and sexual abuse of a minor or ward.
- Tier 3 requires registration for life. These crimes include, but are not limited to, rape, kidnapping, incest, aggravated sexual abuse and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.
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