Pennsylvania Laws against Sexual Abuse

In 1995, Gov. Tom Ridge sought to address this issue against the 1995 Special Session on Crime. The Laws created then goes as follows:

Also referred to as “Megan’s Law”

IDENTIFY those sexual offenders who are truly predators and allow the sentencing court to impose a lifetime registration on those offenders

REGISTER with the Pennsylvania State Police both sexual offenders and Sexually Violent Predators and;

NOTIFY the communities when those persons, identified as Sexually Violent Predators , move into their neighborhood

In 2004, Gov. Edward Rendell made changes to “Megan’s Law”;

Information on all registered sexual offenders would now be available to the public through the Internet

On Dec. 20th, 2011 Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law the Senate Bill No. 1183

Also referred to as “Adam Walsh Bill” 

Extending sexual offender registration requirements to juvenile offenders who were adjudicated of Rape, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Aggravated Indecent Assault or adjudication(s) of solicitation, attempt, or conspiracy of the same.

Source: 

“Megan’s Law Public.” Megan’s Law Public. Pennsylvania State Police. n. d. Web. 18 Jan. 2015

*List of sex offenders can be found here

Definitions (Of the Laws)

Rape: A person commits a felony of the first degree when the person engages in sexual intercourse with a complainant of forcible compulsion, by threat of forcible compulsion that would prevent resistance by a person of reasonable resolution, who is unconscious or where the person knows that the complainnant is unaware that the sexual intercourse is occurring,  where the person has substantially impaired the complainant’s power to appraise or control his or her conduct by administering or employing, without the knowledge of the complainant, drugs, intoxicants or other means for the purpose of preventing resistance, who sufferes from a mental disability which renders the complainant incapable of consent.

Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child:  A person commits involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, a felony of the first degree, when the person engages in deviate sexual intercourse with a complainant who is less than 13 years of age.

Sexual Assault : A person commits a felony of the second degree when that person engages in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual intercourse with a complainant without the complainant’s consent

(Rape and Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse relate to Sexual Assault)

Institutional Sexual Assault: A person who is an employee or agent of the Department of Corrections or a county correctional authority, youth development center, youth forestry camp, State or county juvenile detention facility, other licensed residental facility serving children and youth, or mental health or mental retardation facility or institution commits a felony of the third degree when that person engages in sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse or indecent contact with an inmate, detainee, patient or resident

Institutional Sexual Assault of a minor: A person who is an employee or agent of the Department of Corrections or a county correctional authority, youth development center, youth forestry camp, State or county juvenile detention facility, other licensed residental facility serving children and youth, or mental health or mental retardation facility or institution commits a felony of the third degree when that person engages in sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse or indecent contact with an inmate, detainee, patient or resident who is under the age of 18.

A person who is a volunteer or an employee of a school or any other person who has direct contact with a student at a school commits a felony of the third degree when he engages in sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse or indecent contact with a student of a school.

Aggravated Indecent Assault : A person who engages in penetration, however slight, of the genitals or anus of a complainant with a part of the person’s body for any purpose other than good faith medical, hygienic or law enforcement procedure, commits aggravated indecent assault.

Aggravated Indecent Assault of a Child:  A person commits aggravated indecent assault of a child when the complainant is less than 13 years of age. 

Indecent Assault: A person is guilty of indecent assault if the person has indecent contact with the complainant, causes the complainant to have indecent contact with the person or intentionally causes the complainant to come into contact with seminal fluid, urine or feces for the purpose of arousing sexual desire in the person or the complainant.

Sexual Abuse of Children

PHOTOGRAPHING, VIDEOTAPING, DEPICTING ON COMPUTER OR FILMING SEXUAL ACTS

a) Any person who causes or knowingly permits a child under the age of 18 years to engage in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such act is guilty of a felony of the second degree if such person knows, has reason to know or intends that such act may be photographed, videotaped, depicted on computer or filmed. Any person who knowingly photographs, videotapes, depicts on computer or films a child under the age of 18 years engaging in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act is guilty of a felony of the second degree. 

b) A first offense under this subsection is a felony of the third degree, and a second or subsequent offense under this subsection is a felony of the second degree.

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

a) Any person who intentionally views or knowingly possesses or controls any book, magazine, pamphlet, slide, photograph, film, videotape, computer depiction or other material depicting a child under the age of 18 years engaging in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such act commits an offense. 

b) A first offense under this subsection is a felony of the third degree, and a second or subsequent offense under this subsection is a felony of the second degree.

Invasion of Privacy: a person commits the offense of invasion of privacy if he, for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of any person, knowingly does any of the following: views, photographs, videotapes, electronically depicts, films or otherwise records another person without that person’s knowledge and consent while that person is in a state of full or partial nudity and is in a place where that person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy; Photographs, videotapes, electronically depicts, films or otherwise records or personally views the intimate parts, whether or not covered by clothing, of another person without that person’s knowledge and consent and which intimate parts that person does not intend to be visible by normal public observation; Transfers or transmits an image obtained in violation of paragraph (1) or (2) by live or recorded telephone message, electronic mail or the Internet or by any other transfer of the medium on which the image is stored.

National Megan’s Law website: http://www.nsopw.gov/core/conditions.aspx

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