Pennsylvania Sex Offenders

The state of Pennsylvania has complex requirements for convicted sex offenders. The state requires offenders to register their personal information upon conviction for a sexual crime.

The state of Pennsylvania uses a tiered system of classification to group its registered sex offenders;

  1. Tier I sexual offenses

  2. Tier II sexual offenses

  3. Tier III sexual offenses

The duration of registration depends on the nature of the crime committed by the offender. Under the Pennsylvania sex offender’s law;

  • Sex offenders under Tier I classification must register for 15 years. Tier 1 Offenders verify their information in-person every 360 days

  • Sex offenders under Tier II classification must register for 25 years. Tier II Offenders verify their information in-person every 180 days

  • Sex offenders under Tier III classification must register for a lifetime. Tier III Offenders verify their information in-person 4 times per year

Aside from the tiered classification, some sex offenders are grouped as sexually violent predators. A sexually violent predator is a sex offender considered to have a mental disorder. Such offender has high chances of re-offending and is of great danger to the residents of the state.

Sexually violent predators register for a lifetime. They verify their information in-person 4 times every year. The local police alert the neighborhood whenever a sexually violent predators move into the community.

Pennsylvania Sex Offender Registry

The Pennsylvania Sex Offender’s Registry is Known as the Pennsylvania Megan’s law website. The state police manage the registry and update information on sex offenders in real time. Visit the website to find sex offenders living in your neighborhood.

Pennsylvania Sex Offender Facts

Facts

  • There are 19,153 registered sex offenders in Pennsylvania

Top Offenses

  • INDECENT ASSAULT
  • RAPE
  • AGGRAVATED INDECENT ASSAULT
  • INVOLUNTARY DEVIATE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE
  • SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN

Counties in Pennsylvania with the highest number of offenders:

  • Philadelphia County
  • Allegheny County
  • Montgomery County
  • Dauphin County
  • York County
Zip Codes in Pennsylvania with the highest number of offenders:
  • 19426
  • 15370
  • 16823
  • 19140
  • 19124
  • 19134
  • 19132
  • 19013
  • 16239
  • 16137
Nearby States:
Pennsylvania Sex Crimes Requiring Offender Registration
    • Kidnapping, where the victim is a minor - 18 PA. CONS. STAT. § 2901 (West 2008).

    • Luring a child into a motor vehicle or structure - 18 PA. CONS. STAT. § 2910 (West 2008).

    • Institutional sexual assault - 18 PA. CONS. STAT. § 3124.2 (West 2008).

    • Indecent assault, where the offense is a misdemeanor of the 1st degree - 18 PA. CONS. STAT. § 3126 (West 2008).

    • Incest, where the victim is 12 years of age or older but under 18 years of age - 18 PA. CONS. STAT. § 4302 (West 2008).

    • Prostitution, where the actor promotes prostitution of a minor - 18 PA. CONS. STAT. § 5902(b) (West2008).

    • Obscene and other sexual materials and performances, where the victim is a minor - 18 PA. CONS. STAT§ 5903(a)(3), (4), (5) or (6) (West 2008).

    • Sexual abuse of children - 18 PA. CONS. STAT. § 6312 (West 2008).

    • Unlawful contact with minor - 18 PA. CONS. STAT. § 6318 (West 2008).

    • Sexual exploitation of children - 18 PA. CONS. STAT. § 6320 (West 2008).

    • The attempt to commit any of the above-listed offenses.

    • Rape - 18 PA. CONS. STAT. § 3121 (West 2008).

    • Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse - 18 PA. CONS. STAT. § 3123 (West 2008).

    • Sexual assault - 18 PA. CONS. STAT. § 3124.1 (West 2008).

    • Aggravated indecent assault - 18 PA. CONS. STAT. § 3125 (West 2008).

    • Incest, where the victim is under 12 years of age - 18 PA. CONS. STAT. § 4302 (West 2008).

Offenders who move to Pennsylvania from another state are required to register. Such offenders must register within 10 days of arriving in Pennsylvania.

Information maintained in Pennsylvania Sex Offender Registry

42 PA. C.S.A. § 9795.2 (West 2008)

(c)(1):

    • name

    • all current or intended residences

    • all information concerning current or intended employment

    • all information concerning current or intended enrollment as a student

Community Notification and Websites

42 PA. C.S.A. § 9798 (West 2008)

(b)The chief law enforcement officer shall provide written notice, to the following persons:

(1) Neighbors of the sexually violent predator. As used in this paragraph, where the sexually violent Predator lives in a common interest community, the term "neighbor" includes the unit owners'

(2) Association and residents of the common interest community.

(2) The director of the county children and youth service agency of the county where the sexually violent predator resides.

(3) The superintendent of each school district and the equivalent

(a) It is at this moment declared to be the finding of the General Assembly that public safety will be enhanced by making information about sexually violent predators, lifetime registrants and other sex offenders available to the public through the Internet.



(3) Official for private and parochial schools enrolling students up through grade 12 in the municipality where the sexually violent predator resides.

(3.1) the superintendent of each school district and the equivalent official for each private and Parochial school located within a one-mile radius of where the sexually violent predator resides.

(4) The licensee of each certified day care center and licensed preschool program and owner/operator of each registered family day care home in the municipality where the sexually violent predator resides.

(5) The president of each college, university and community college located within 1,000 feet of a sexually violent predator's residence. 42 PA. C.S.A. § 9798.1 (West 2008)

(a) It is at this moment declared to be the finding of the General Assembly that public safety will be enhanced by making information about sexually violent predators, lifetime registrants and other sex offenders available to the public through the Internet.

Limitations on Residency or Employment

None

Duration of Registration

42 PA. C.S.A. § 9795.1 (West 2008)

  1. 10 years for offenders not subject to lifetime registration.

  2. Life for individuals:

    • With 2 or more convictions for a registrable offense

    • Classified as sexually violent predators.

Life for individuals convicted of:

    • Rape;

    • Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse;

    • Sexual assault;

    • Aggravated indecent assault; or

    • Incest of a child under the age of 12.

Timeframe for Registration

Upon release or parole from a correctional institution or upon commencement of a sentence of intermediate punishment or probation; within 10 days of changing address; within 10 days of moving to another state

Applies to Offenders Convicted in another State?

No

Verification of Address

Sexually violent predators— every 90 days; certain other offenders—10 years

Penalties for Non-Compliance

Felony of the third degree

What does a Sex Offender Look Like?

Most people think sexual predators are scary-looking and creepy. But three out of four adolescents who were sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well.

Most of the time, sexual predators look like regular people. Children and parents need to know and to understand that anyone can be a sexual predator, no matter how "normal" they appear.

Encouraging Children to Share

It isn't always easy to build a trusting relationship with your child. Trying to get your children to share what is going on in their lives can be difficult.

Building an open and welcoming environment from the beginning stages of a child's life is essential. Children are less intimidated and more likely to discuss issues and topics in their lives with an open and supportive environment.

Getting your kids to share serves as a building block for times when your child needs to discuss pressing issues like sex and sexual abuse.

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