2012 PA Megan's Law Classification Crimes

Always check the updated Pennsylvania State Police Registration requirements. Here is a recent listing of crimes and their corollary registration responsibilities. After December 2012, the new reclassification scheme goes into effect.

If you received probation before December 2012 and were still under some type of supervision (probation at a minimum and obviously jail) as of December 12, 2012, and previously received a non-Megan's Law registration offense, you could be required to register for the first time.

10-Year Registration Requirement Upon Conviction

  • Kidnapping, where the victim is a minor (18 Pa. C.S. § 2901);
  • Luring a child into a motor vehicle or structure (18 Pa. C.S. § 2910);
  • Institutional sexual assault (18 Pa. C.S. § 3124.2);
  • Indecent assault where the offense is graded as a misdemeanor of the first degree or higher (18 Pa. C.S. § 3126);
  • Incest, where the victim is 12 years of age or older but under 18 years of age (18 Pa. C.S. § 4302);
  • Prostitution and related offenses, where the actor promotes the prostitution of a minor (18 Pa. C.S. § 5902[b]);
  • Obscene and other sexual materials and performances, where the victim is a minor (18 Pa. C.S. § 5903[a] [3], [4], [5], or [6]);
  • Sexual abuse of children (18 Pa. C.S. § 6312);
  • Unlawful contact with a minor (18 Pa. C.S. § 6318);
  • Sexual exploitation of children (18 Pa. C.S. § 6320);
  • Attempt to commit any of the offenses listed under the 10-year registration or lifetime registration;
  • Criminal solicitation or criminal conspiracy involving any of the offenses under the 10-year registration or lifetime registration;
  • Equivalent convictions from another state, territory, court martial, federal court, or the District of Columbia when the offender:
    • Resides in the Commonwealth; or
    • Is homeless/transient in the Commonwealth; or
    • Is employed or carries on a vocation in the Commonwealth; or
    • Is a student in the Commonwealth.
  • Offenders paroled after the effective date of the statute for any of the offenses under the 10-year registration.
  • Offenders convicted under a former law of the Commonwealth which is similar to a current Pennsylvania law which requires registration for ten years.

Note: Offenders convicted in other jurisdictions are subject to a period of registration equal to that of their jurisdiction of origin. This may exceed ten years but cannot be less.

Lifetime Registration Requirement Upon Conviction

  • Offenders with two or more convictions of any of the offenses set forth under the 10-year registration;
  • Rape (18 Pa. C.S. § 3121);
  • Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse (18 Pa. C.S. § 3123);
  • Sexual assault (18 Pa. C.S. § 3124.1);
  • Aggravated indecent assault (18 Pa. C.S. § 3125);
  • Incest, where the victim is under 12 years of age (18 Pa. C.S. § 4302);
  • Offenders designated by the court as sexually violent predators;
  • Offenders being released from a state or county correctional facility for any of the offenses under lifetime registration;
  • Equivalent convictions from another state, territory, court martial, federal court, or the District of Columbia where the offender was required to register under a sexual offender statute in the jurisdiction where the offender was convicted, and the offender:
    • Resides in the Commonwealth; or
    • Is homeless/transient in the Commonwealth; or
    • Is employed or carries on a vocation in the Commonwealth; or
    • Is a student in the Commonwealth.
  • Offenders paroled after the effective date of the statute for any of the offenses under lifetime registration.
  • Offenders convicted under a former law of the Commonwealth which is similar to a current Pennsylvania law which requires lifetime registration.

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