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Sentencing Enhancement for Sexual Abuse of Children in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has recently changed their body of laws dealing with sexual abuse of children from Megan's Law to SORNA. SORNA has greatly increased the number of crimes that require sex offender reporting, reporting requirements, and the impact of sentencing.

Pennsylvania SORNA and Residency Requirements and Restrictions

Pennsylvania's version of SORNA is much more strict than the previous version of Megan's Law.  This strict law imposes additional registration requirements and harsher penalties for violating any of the registration requirements.  Therefore, it is important that those who are require to register are aware of these requirements and restrictions.

Verification of Information for SORNA purposes in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's version of SORNA has revamped and increased the requirements of registrants.  In addition to increasing the offenses which require registration, SORNA also increased the time for which a person must register and how often he must appear, in person, to verify his information.  This entry will discuss the verification for each category of individuals who must register.

Failure to comply with Pennsylvania SORNA registration

Failure to comply with the SORNA registration requirements in Pennsylvania can lead to very serious consequences.  Under the new Pennsylvania Megan's law, now known as SORNA, a person convicted of an enumerated offense must register with the State Police.  This registration requires the individual to provide basic general information: social media websites, employment, vehicle information, residential information, etc.

Offenses which require Megan's Law/SORNA Reporting in Pennsylvania

Under Megan's Law or SORNA, those convicted of certain sex offenders are automatically required to register as a sex offender.  Based on the type of offense and number of counts, the person's length of registration and registration requirements are based under which tier the offense falls.  Listed below are the different tiers, the lengths of reporting associated with the tier, and example of what offenses are under that tier:

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.

Basic SORNA information

This past year, Pennsylvania changed their sex offender registration from the previously titled "Megan's Law" to Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act or SORNA.  SORNA is a must stricter and more inclusive version of a sex offender registration law than Megan's Law.  

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