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Pennsylvania's definition of two convictions for SORNA purposes

Under SORNA, those who are convicted of a Tier 3 offense are subject to lifetime registration as a sex offender.  Examples of Tier 3 offenses are: Kidnapping of a minor, Rape, Statutory Sexual Assault, and Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse.  In addition to these crimes, SORNA also requires those convicted of two or more registration offenses must register for life.

Pennsylvania Courts have interpreted "two or more convictions" to include those who have been convicted of two or more counts of registration offenses involving the same criminal act.  This interpretation means someone who is charged with multiple counts of Tier 1 offenses like Transporting and Possessing Child Pornography could face lifetime registration if that person pleads guilty to two or more counts.  Pennsylvania courts do not require that a person be convicted twice for separate criminal acts.

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