Reply To: AWA Loses in Pennsylvania’s Highest Court

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Concerned Registered Citizen

Here is a word for word of the PSP letter I received today afternoon 3/23/2018 by non certified mail:

Date, SID, Address (won’t post that)

Dear Mr. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Recently Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Act 10 of 2018, which makes significant changes to Pennsylvania’s sexual offender registration requirements under 42Pa. C.S., Chapter 97. You have been identified as a sexual offender who may be affected by these changes. You are required to report to an approved registration site to be photographed, fingerprinted, and to provide/verify your residence (including temporary residences*), employment, school information, and any other information required by Act 10.

In order to comply with Act 10, you must have an appearance date between February 22, 2018 and May 22, 2018. YOU MUST APPEAR NO LATER THAN May 22, 2018.

*Temporary Residences include the location of a temporary habitat or other temporary place of abode or dwelling, including a homeless shelter or park, where the individual is lodged; the places the individual eats, frequents and engages in leisure activities and any planned destinations, including those outside this Commonwealth; and the place the individual receives mail, including a post office box.

You will be required to read and sign an acknowledgement that the duty to register has been explained to you.

After this initial registration, you will be required to report to the Pennsylvania State Police any changes in residency within three business days of the change, except those offenders in a Transient (homeless) status who must report monthly. All offenders must report any employment or school changes within three business days. This includes a change in employer or employment location that will exceed fourteen days, or for an aggregate period of time that will exceed thirty days in a calendar year. Also included are terminations of employment, new employment, change in student status and changes in the location of any institutions where you are enrolled as a student. If you establish a residence in another state, you must register with the law enforcement agency in that state within three business days of establishing the residency.

After you report by May 22, 2018, you will be in compliance with your initial registration requirement under Act 10. The Pennsylvania State Police will also credit this as your annual (once per year) verification for calendar year 2018, except those offenders designated as a Sexually Violent Predator or in a Transient status. You will thereafter be required to appear at an approved registration site annually, and you will be notified of your next appearance date in calendar year 2019. The Megan’s Law Section will send you notice by First Class United States Mail to your last reported address to remind you of your annual verification requirement, and provide you with a list of approved registration sites.

Those offenders designated as a Sexually Violent Predator will be required to appear at an approved registration site on a quarterly basis. The Megan’s Law Section will send you notice by First Class United Status Mail to your last reported address to remind you of your quarterly verification requirement, and provide you with a list of approved registration sites.

Those offender in a Transient status will be required to appear at an approved registration site monthly. The Megan’s Law Section will send you notice by First Class United States Mail to your last reported address to remind you of your monthly verification requirement, and provide you with a list of approved registration sites. Any changes to the residence information previously provided must be reported at your next monthly verification.

However, neither failure of the the Pennsylvania State Police to send a notice, nor failure of you to receive a notice relieves you of your obligation to appear and verify your information. Failure to verify your information or report any changes to your information in accordance with the requirements of 42 Pa. C. S. Chapter 97, will be in violation of 18 Pa. C. S. 4915.2, a Felony criminal offense.

Please be advised, if you travel to work, carry on a vocation or attend school in another state, you must comply with all sexual offender requirements in that state. It is recommended that you contact the agency responsible for sexual offender registration outside of this Commonwealth when leaving Pennsylvania to acquire information that is applicable to your status. The FBI maintains a list of websites for all the sexual offender registries in the United States. The FBI website is: http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/registry.

Sincerely,
Sgt. O. E. Rowles
Commander
Megan’s Law Section