Sex Offender Registry

The federal Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act (the federal version of Megan’s Law) was included in the Federal Violent Crime Control and Law Act of 1994. It requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. The law also requires sex offenders to provide notice, as required under state law, of each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is a student. The law further requires that this registered sex offender list employment location and residency.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania maintains a system for making certain registry information on violent sex offenders publicly available. Pennsylvania’s Megan Law, 42 PaC.S 9799.1, requires the state police to create and maintain a registry of persons who have either been convicted of or entered a plea of guilty to, or adjudicated delinquent of certain sex offenses listed in Megan’s Law. The Pennsylvania State Police is required to make certain information on registered sex offenders available to the public through the Megan's Law website

Community notification is the process by which the community law enforcement officer notifies the community of the presence of the violent predator. The chief law enforcement officer notifies the community using a community notification flyer. Megan’s law requires notification of the president of each college, university and community college located within 1,000 feet of a sexually violent predator or out-of-state offender residence.

Additionally, if this person is employed or is a student at a college or university, the chief law enforcement officer in the municipality must notify the affected college or university.