September 13, 2012
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday for a hearing to determine whether convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky should be designated a sexually violent predator under the state's version of Megan's Law. The Attorney General's Office filed a document saying that it wanted the classification for Sandusky and asking for the hearing before Senior Judge John M. Cleland. Chief Deputy Attorney General Frank Fina said prosecutors would rely on the testimony of an official with the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board.
December 21, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - More than a month after Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child-molestation charges, a new law went on the books yesterday, expanding the state's institutional sexual-assault offense. Flanked by lawmakers and state troopers, Gov. Corbett signed the bill to revise the state's version of Megan's Law and bring the state into compliance with federal sex-offender registration standards. "We can hope that by making our laws tougher, we can spare others the pain and grief that has visited too many families," Corbett said.
December 20, 2011 |
Legislation to toughen Pennsylvania's sex offender laws will be signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in Harrisburg this morning. By expanding reporting requirements for convicted sex offenders, Pennsylvania will become the 15th state in compliance with the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. That federal law was named for the boy whose aduction and murder in 1981 led his father, John, to become the longtime host of the Fox TV show America's Most Wanted . The connection is why the legislation, which toughens the state's "Megan's Law," has been called "the Adam Walsh Bill.
November 16, 2011
PHILADELPHIA Judge too friendly? State prosecutors are asking a judge to reconsider a ruling to suppress evidence in the case of a Philadelphia lawmaker suspected of drunken driving. The request filed Monday stems from a DUI charge against state Rep. Cherelle Parker. Municipal Judge Charles Hayden earlier this month decided to suppress evidence from two police officers who stopped Parker on April 30. The judge said the officers' testimony was unreliable. In the court filing, Deputy Attorney General John Flannery says he's surprised the judge found the officers less credible than someone who failed an alcohol breath test.
October 19, 2011 |
When Richard Kanka knocks on a door and introduces himself as a candidate for New Jersey Senate, he's often greeted with the same question: "Are you Megan's dad?" In 1994, Kanka's 7-year-old daughter was raped and strangled by a previously convicted sex offender who lived across the street. He lured Megan inside with the promise of a puppy. Megan's Law, which requires sexual predators to register their addresses to inform neighbors of their crimes, is named for her. Now Kanka, a plumber, pipe fitter, and political neophyte, is the Republican candidate in the 14th Legislative District, an area in central New Jersey where races are arguably the most competitive and often the most expensive in the state.
October 4, 2011
Will the courts' rollback of Megan's Law residency restrictions make communities less safe from sex offenders?
October 3, 2011 |
When 7-year-old Megan Kanka was raped and murdered by a neighbor, a twice-convicted child sex offender, the reaction in communities large and small was: God forbid something like that should happen here. Bolstered by online registries of convicted sex offenders, towns enacted laws to keep such criminals from living near schools, parks, day-care centers, and bus stops. But many of the estimated 150 Pennsylvania cities and towns with such laws are repealing or reconsidering them after a state Supreme Court ruling in May invalidated one statute.
August 2, 2011 |
A Delaware County man was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison Monday for failing three times to register his address in compliance with Megan's Law - a very stiff sentence by recent standards. Evan Davis, 54, of Chester, is accused of cutting the throat of a 23-year-old woman who lived in the same rooming house while he was trying to assault her. He faces a criminal trial on those charges in October. The victim survived. During the investigation into the assault, police discovered Davis did not let probation officials know he had changed from one address to another in Chester.
August 1, 2011 |
A Delaware County man was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison today for failing three times to register his address in compliance with Megan's Law. Evan Davis, 54, of Chester, allegedly cut the throat of a 23-year-old woman who lived in the same rooming house while he was trying to assault her. He faces a criminal trial on those charges in October. The victim survived. During the investigation into the assault, police discovered Evan's did not let probation officials know he had changed addresses.