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PA: Some lawyers, prosecutors disagree on child interference convictions being Megan’s Law offenses

Philadelphia resident ____ ____ became a registered sex offender in Pennsylvania last year after pleading guilty to interfering with the custody of her daughter.

But if prosecutors had let the 49-year-old noncustodial parent plead guilty to a different crime for signing her daughter out of school without the consent of the girl’s legal guardian in 2015, ____ wouldn’t find her photo and personal information listed with convicted child molesters, kiddie porn collectors and rapists on Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law registry.

Pennsylvania prosecutors know what criminal offenses carry so-called Megan’s Law attachments, meaning that defendants convicted of the crimes are required to register as sex offenders for at least 15 years, local defense attorneys said.

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  1. Elected officials run amuck in PA!

    Legislature and DAs run amuck!! You have discretion to do what you think is right, but don’t?! Crazy!! A place on a registry that isn’t applicable for them. Ugh…..

  2. It doesn't work!

    Jus like a reckless driving conviction will get one listed on the Public “DWI Registry” And a bar fight will get you put onto the Public “Domestic Violence Registry”

  3. David

    @ “Elected…”, I completely disagree with you: Yes, please do go ahead and add all sorts of people to the Registry!! Because doing so will:
    1. Further muddy the already muddied waters of the Registry;
    2. Make the Registry unmanageable due to the sheer number of people listed on it, and;
    3. Increase the volume of public outcry against the Registry.

    • DAs need to think first


      Valid points of action you have.

      My point was DAs have discretion but in their desire to appear to the public as tough, they won’t use it, until it happens to one of their own. Then, they will use it. It seems that once they are elected, they go in for a lobotomy and lose all sorts of commonsense. Legislators are right behind them in line.

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