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Active Community Notification

Active Community Notification can ONLY take place for a sexual offender who has been given one of the following designations:

  1. Sexually Violent Predator - An individual convicted of a Tier I sexual offense, a Tier II sexual offense, or a Tier III sexual offense who is determined to be a Sexually Violent Predator by the Court. The term also includes an individual determined to be a Sexually Violent Predator or a similar designation where the determination occurred in another jurisdiction, a foreign country or by court martial following a judicial or administrative determination pursuant to a process similar to that of the Commonwealth’s.
  2. Sexually Violent Delinquent Child - A child who has been found to be delinquent for an act of sexual violence which if committed by an adult would be a violation of 18 Pa.C.S. § 3121 (relating to rape), 3123 (relating to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse), 3124.1 (relating to sexual assault), 3125 (relating to aggravated indecent assault), 3126 (relating to indecent assault) or 4302 (relating to incest)and who has been determined by the Court to be in need of commitment for involuntary treatment.

The Pennsylvania State Police will provide community notification flyers to the police departments having primary jurisdiction over the municipalities where the Sexually Violent Predator/Sexually Violent Delinquent Child resides. In the case of a homeless/transient Sexually Violent Predator or homeless/transient Sexually Violent Delinquent Child, the Pennsylvania State Police will provide community notification flyers to the police departments having primary jurisdiction over the municipalities where the homeless/transient Sexually Violent Predator or homeless/transient Sexually Violent Delinquent Child maintains a temporary habitat or other temporary place of abode or dwelling, including, but not limited to, a homeless shelter or park, where the individual is lodged. Included with the community notification flyers are instructions for the police departments on how to perform community notification.

The community notification flyers contain the following information:

  • The name of the Sexually Violent Predator/Sexually Violent Delinquent Child
  • The address or addresses in which he/she resides.
  • The offense(s) for which he/she was convicted/adjudicated
  • A statement that he/she has been determined by a Court to be a Sexually Violent Predator or Sexually Violent Delinquent Child.
  • A photograph of the Sexually Violent Predator/Sexually Violent Delinquent Child.

NOTE: The community notification flyers WILL NOT include any information that might reveal the victim's name, identity, and residence.

The chief law enforcement officer of the police department of the municipality where a Sexually Violent Predator or Sexually Violent Delinquent Child resides is responsible for community notification. In the case of a homeless/transient Sexually Violent Predator or homeless/transient Sexually Violent Delinquent Child, the chief law enforcement officer of the police department of the municipality where the offender maintains a temporary habitat or other temporary place of abode or dwelling, including, but not limited to, a homeless shelter or park, where the individual is lodged, is responsible for community notification. The officer is required to make community notification to the following persons:

  • Neighbors of the Sexually Violent Predator/Sexually Violent Delinquent Child (includes neighbors of the homeless/transient Sexually Violent Predator or homeless/transient Sexually Violent Delinquent Child).
  • The director of the county children and youth service agency of the county where the Sexually Violent Predator/Sexually Violent Delinquent Child resides or is homeless/transient.
  • The superintendent of each school district and the equivalent official for private and parochial schools enrolling students through grade 12 in the municipality where the Sexually Violent Predator/Sexually Violent Delinquent Child resides or is homeless/transient.
  • The superintendent of each school district and the equivalent official for each private and parochial school located within a one-mile radius of where the Sexually Violent Predator/Sexually Violent Delinquent Child resides or is homeless/transient.
  • The licensee of each certified day care center and licensed preschool program and owner/operator of each registered family day-care home in the municipality where the Sexually Violent Predator/Sexually Violent Delinquent Child resides or is homeless/transient.
  • The president of each college, university, and community college located within 1,000 feet of a Sexually Violent Predator's or Sexually Violent Delinquent Child residence (Within 1,000 feet of where a homeless/transient Sexually Violent Predator’s or Sexually Violent Delinquent Child maintains a temporary habitat or other temporary place of abode or dwelling, including, but not limited to, a homeless shelter or park, where the individual is lodged).

Victim Notification

Victims of Sexually Violent Predators / Sexually Violent Delinquent Child

  • Where an individual is determined to be a Sexually Violent Predator or a Sexually Violent Delinquent Child by a Court, the police department of the municipality where the Sexually Violent Predator/Sexually Violent Delinquent Child resides or is homeless/transient shall give written notice to the victim of the Sexually Violent Predator/Sexually Violent Delinquent Child within 72 hours after the Sexually Violent Predator/Sexually Violent Delinquent Child registers or notifies the Pennsylvania State Police of a change of address or becoming homeless/transient.
  • The notice shall contain the Sexually Violent Predator's/Sexually Violent Delinquent Child's name and the address or addresses where he resides or is homeless/transient.
  • The victim may terminate the notification by providing the police department of the municipality where the Sexually Violent Predator/Sexually Violent Delinquent Child resides or is homeless/transient with a written statement releasing that department from the duty to notify. The victim can reinstate the duty to notify if they so desire. The request to reinstate notification shall be made in writing to the Pennsylvania State Police, Megan's Law Section.

Victims of Sex Offenders1

  • Where an individual is not determined to be a Sexually Violent Predator/Sexually Violent Delinquent Child by a Court, the victim will be notified in accordance with section 201 of the Act of November 24, 1998 (P.L. 882, No. 111), known as the Crime Victim's Act.





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