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Changes in Pennsylvania law require children to register as sex offenders

For the first time in Pennsylvania, juveniles adjudicated of specified sex offenses will have to register with the Pennsylvania State Police sex offender registry, commonly known as the Megan’s Law registry. On December 20, 2011 Governor Corbett signed a new law that will become effective in December, 2012. The law, Act No. 2011-111, is known as the Pennsylvania Adam Walsh Act or SORNA Legislation. It will have long lasting implications on a child’s life and must be thoroughly understood while navigating the juvenile court system (42 Pa. C.S.A. §9799.10 et seq.).

Who has to register?

Juveniles must register if they are

  • - 14 years of age or older at the time the offense occurred
  • - Are adjudicated delinquent for the charge of Rape, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Aggravated Indecent Assault, or a conspiracy, attempt or solicitation to any of the offenses.

AND Either

  • - The individual is adjudicated on or after December 20, 2012 OR
  • - The juvenile is on court supervision (whether in placement or on probation) after December 20, 2012 for any offense, and has been previously adjudicated delinquent for one of the listed offenses.

How long must the juvenile register?

Registration is required for life. However, juvenile offenders who have not been declared to be a “sexually violent delinquent child” may be petition to be removed 25 years after the adjudication occurred. This time period excludes any time spent in placement. In addition to the 25 year requirement, the offender can have no subsequent convictions for second degree misdemeanors or higher, or convictions for anything punishable by imprisonment of a year or more. The individual must also have successfully completed court-ordered supervision as well as a treatment program for sexual offenders recognized by the court.

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