In most cases, a Pennsylvania Megan's Law registered sex offender or sexually violent delinquent child could be your next door neighbor, and you don't even know.
The law does not restrict where a sexual offender or a sexually violent predator may live in Pennsylvania.
In certain cases, an offender may be restricted from living near a school, park, daycare center and the like if he or she, per the website, is under supervision of a federal, state, or county probation or parole department with restrictions on residency or is under specific court-ordered restrictions on residency.
The Pennsylvania Megan's Law website, accessible at this link, allows people to search the database for offenders by name, or by municipality where he or she lives and works, or by county, ZIP code and mile radius. The site is managed by the Pennsylvania State Police.
Offenders must register for 15 years for Tier I offenses, 25 years for Tier II offenses and lifetime for Tier III offenses, per the site.
The information listed on the site for each offender is the only legal public information allowed under the law. The PA Megan's Law site lists the following for each offender:
- Name and aliases
- Birth year
- Exact street address, city, municipality, county, state and ZIP code of all current and intended residences
- If the offender is homeless or transient, then the site lists information on the temporary residence, including a homeless shelter or park.
- Exact street address, city, municipality, county, state, ZIP code and name of any educational institution attended by the offender
- Exact street address, city, municipality, state, county and ZIP code of employment
- Photographs of the offender
- Identifying marks of the offender, such as gender, height, weight, eye color, hair color and race
- License plate number and description of vehicles used by the offender
- Compliance with registration requirements
- Whether the victim is a minor
- Description of the offense
- Date of conviction
- Date of active registry
- A map of where the offender lives, is employed and attends school
How to Search for An Offender
- Visit http://www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us/ and accept the disclaimer.
- Under "Search Offenders" at the top black menu, choose how to search, either by county, municipality, ZIP code, city, radius or name. For instance, searching "city" brings up all municipalities in Pennsylvania.
- Find the right town to search for, and check to include incarcerated offenders
- The database will result with the last name first of all offenders in the town, along with addresses, map and additional details