Jesse Timmendequas, a convicted sex offender released after serving a maximum sentence, was a neighbor of Kanka’s and lured her into his home. According to reports, no one knew Timmendequas had previous convictions for sexual assault.
Community members lobbied to enact a law to have a sex offender registration and public notification that a sex offender is living and working in the community.
Under the 2012 revision, the defendant was subject to a lifetime registration for that 2007 conviction.”Piecuch continued, “the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled as a matter of federal constitutional law that the Legislature could not retroactively increase the defendant’s registration period because Megan’s Law is punitive in nature,” he said.
“In effect, the court said that the rules that applied at the time of the conviction were locked in, and thus Muniz’s registration obligations under Megan’s Law expired in February 2017.
SUNBURY — The number of sex offenders on the state’s Megan’s Law sex offender registry could drop as the result of a July ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, three Valley district attorneys and the Pennsylvania State Police say.
The Supreme Court ruled that 2012 changes to the registry expanding and strengthening reporting rules under the state’s Megan’s Law could not be applied retroactively.
Muniz was convicted in 2007 of molesting a 12-year-old girl in Cumberland County’s Upper Allen Township.
A rape conviction would lead to “an automatic Tier III offense requiring lifetime registration four times per year,” he said.“As of December 2014, juveniles in Pennsylvania are only required to register if they’ve been classified by the court as a Sexually Violent Delinquent Child — convicted of the most serious offenses and in need of commitment for involuntary treatment.”.Megan’s Law registrants are required to update where they work and where they live, Tarkowski said.Nearly half of the individuals in the Susquehanna Valley — 203 of 430 — are Tier III offenders, the most serious designation.Montour County has four sexually violent predators, 11 Tier I offenders, seven Tier II offenders and 13 Tier III.