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Governor Wolf Signs House Bill 1952

Filed under: Sex Crimes by Contributor @ June 26, 2018

In July 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found that the current version of Pennsylvania’s sexual offender registry law was punitive, making it unconstitutional to impose retroactively. The effects of this decision would have removed thousands of people from the registry who were sentenced before the current version of the state’s registration law (SORNA) took effect […]

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SORNA now dead in Pennsylvania – at least for now

Filed under: Criminal Law, Sex Crimes by Contributor @ January 23, 2018

The United States Supreme Court has denied the appeal of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s  ruling that Pennsylvania’s sex offender registration law was unconstitutional . Example sex offender registrant under Pennsylvania Law. This past summer, Jose Muniz, convicted in 2007 of indecent assault against a minor and a required registrant under the Sex Offender Registration and […]

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Court Cannot Determine SVP Status

Filed under: Sex Crimes by Contributor @ November 3, 2017

In Pennsylvania, an individual who is convicted of a sexually violent offense must be assessed before sentencing to determine if the individual should be designated as a “sexually violent predator” (SVP). After the assessment, a hearing is then held in which the Commonwealth must prove to the court, by clear and convincing evidence, that the […]

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Experts May Not Testify to Opinions Based Solely on Witness Accounts

Filed under: Sex Crimes by Contributor @ October 19, 2017

In the summer of 2005, Kenneth Maconeghy Jr. allegedly raped and sexually abused an 11 year girl who he cared for while her mother was at work. Maconeghy was accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting the child while supervising her. The victim alleged that Maconeghy purposefully removed her siblings from the situation to isolate her and […]

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Social Media For All… Sex Offenders Included?

Filed under: Sex Crimes by Contributor @ July 24, 2017

This summer the Supreme Court decided that states cannot prevent or restrict sex offenders from utilizing social networking sites. In an effort to limit sex offenders from interacting with potential victims, states such as North Carolina have enacted laws making it a felony for convicted sex offenders to access “commercial social networking” websites that have […]

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