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TIERING OF OFFENSES FOR SEX OFFENDERS IN PENNSYLVANIA

TIERING OF OFFENSES FOR SEX OFFENDERS IN PENNSYLVANIA

SORNA states that specific offenses be classified based on the nature of the offense of conviction. Pennsylvania’s registration scheme includes a three-tier classification system for offenses classified under Tier I, Tier II, or Tier III. Pennsylvania places its statutes within the minimum appropriate SORNA tiers.


SORNA Tier I Offenses

SORNA states that Tier I offenders register for a minimum of 15 years and annually verify registration information. These offenses in Pennsylvania would require Tier I registration requirements:

  • 18 Pa. C.S. § 2910 – Luring a child into a motor vehicle or structure
  • 18 Pa. C.S. § 3124.2 – Institutional sexual assault (adult victim)
  • 18 Pa. C.S. § 6312[d] – Sexual abuse of children (possession of child pornography)
  • 18 Pa. C.S. § 7507.1 – Invasion of privacy
  • 18 Pa. C.S. § 2902 – Unlawful restraint (non-parental, victim under 18)
  • 18 Pa. C.S. § 2903 – False imprisonment (non-parental, victim under 18)
  • 18 Pa. C.S. § 2904 – Interference with custody of children (non-parental, victim under 18)
  • 18 Pa. C.S. § 3126 – Indecent assault where the offense is graded as a misdemeanor of the first degree or higher (if punishment less than one year)

SORNA Tier II Offenses

SORNA states that Tier II offenders register for a minimum of 25 years and semiannually verify registration information. The following offenses listed in Pennsylvania Statutes would require Tier II registration requirements:

  • 18 Pa. C.S. § 5902[b] – Prostitution and related offenses, where the actor promotes the prostitution of a minor
  • 18 Pa. C.S. § 5903[a] [3], [4], [5], or [6] – Obscene and other sexual materials and performances, where the victim is a minor
  • 18 Pa. C.S. § 6312[b], [c] – Sexual abuse of children (production/distribution of child pornography)
  • 18 Pa. C.S. § 6318 – Unlawful contact with minor
  • 18 Pa. C.S. § 6320 – Sexual exploitation of children
  • 18 Pa. C.S. § 3124.2 – Institutional sexual assault (victim age 16-17)
  • 18 Pa. C.S. § 3126 – Indecent assault where the offense is graded as a misdemeanor of the first degree or higher (if recidivist or punishment greater than one year)

SORNA Tier III Offenses

SORNA states that Tier I offenders register for life and quarterly verify registration information. The following offenses in Pennsylvania Statutes would require Tier III registration requirements:


Additional Resources

Megan’s Law Website – Visit the website of the Pennsylvania State Police to read more about the Megan’s Law Section. Read about each tier classification, I-III, along with juvenile offenders, sexually violent delinquent children, sexually violent predators, reporting intervals, and international travel for sex offenders.

Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board – Visit Pennsylvania’s official government website to read more about frequently asked questions about sexual offenders. Frequently asked questions include what is Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law, what is the Adam Walsh Act and what is SORNA, what are the major differences between Megan’s Law and the Adam Walsh Act, what is a sexually violent predator, and what is a sexually violent delinquent child.


Finding an Attorney for Sexual Offenses in Pennsylvania

The criminal defense attorneys in Pennsylvania at Skinner Law Firm represent clients who have been charged with sex crimes and child sexual abuse crimes in West Chester in Chester County and Media in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Contact our offices at (610) 436-1410 to schedule an initial consultation, either in the office or on the phone.


This article was last updated on Friday, August 27, 2016.

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