42c9799.25s

§ 9799.25.  Verification by sexual offenders and Pennsylvania State Police.

(a)  Periodic verification.--Except for initial registration as provided in section 9799.19 (relating to initial registration) and in accordance with section 9799.15(a)  (relating to period of registration), sexual offenders shall verify the information provided in section 9799.16(b) (relating to registry) and be photographed as follows:

(1)  An individual convicted of a Tier I sexual offense shall appear in person at an approved registration site annually.

(2)  An individual convicted of a Tier II sexual offense shall appear in person at an approved registration site semiannually.

(3)  An individual convicted of a Tier III sexual offense shall appear in person at an approved registration site quarterly.

(4)  An individual designated as a sexually violent predator shall appear in person at an approved registration site quarterly.

(5)  A juvenile offender shall appear in person at an approved registration site quarterly.

(6)  A sexually violent delinquent child shall appear in person at an approved registration site quarterly.

(7)  A transient shall appear in person at an approved registration site monthly.

(8)  An individual required to register under section 9799.13(7.1) (relating to applicability) shall annually appear in person at an approved registration site.

(a.1)  Alternate requirements regarding verification.--The following apply to an individual required to appear in person under subsection (a)(2) or (3):

(1)  If the individual has been in compliance with the requirements of this subchapter for the first three years of the individual's period of registration and, during the same three-year period, the individual has not been convicted in this Commonwealth or any other jurisdiction or foreign country of an offense punishable by imprisonment of more than one year, the individual shall appear at an approved registration site annually. The individual shall appear within 10 days before the date designated by the Pennsylvania State Police to verify information in section 9799.16(b) and be photographed.

(2)  The other appearances required of the individual under this section may be completed by contacting the Pennsylvania State Police by telephone at a telephone number designated by the Pennsylvania State Police. The individual shall call the Pennsylvania State Police within three business days of the date designated by the Pennsylvania State Police.

(3)  If the individual fails to comply with the provisions of this subsection and the individual is subsequently convicted under 18 Pa.C.S. § 4915.1 (relating to failure to comply with registration requirements), any relief granted under this subsection shall be void, and the petitioner shall automatically and immediately again be subject to the provisions of this subchapter, as previously determined by this subchapter.

(a.2)  Telephonic verification system.--The Pennsylvania State Police shall develop a mechanism to permit individuals to utilize the telephonic verification system established in this section. No individual may utilize the telephonic verification system until the Pennsylvania State Police publishes notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin that the system is operational.

(b)  Deadline.--The following apply:

(1)  A sexual offender shall appear as required under subsection (a) within ten days before the date designated by the Pennsylvania State Police. Failure to appear within ten days may subject the sexual offender to prosecution under 18 Pa.C.S. § 4915.1 (relating to failure to comply with registration requirements).

(2)  In the case of a sexual offender who fails to appear in person or telephonically as required under this section, the Pennsylvania State Police shall notify the municipal police department where the sexual offender has a residence, is employed or is enrolled as a student. The municipal police shall locate the sexual offender and arrest the sexual offender for violating this section. A municipal police department may request assistance locating or arresting a sexual offender from the Pennsylvania State Police. In municipalities where no municipal police department exists, the Pennsylvania State Police shall locate the offender and arrest the sexual offender for violating this section.

(3)  In the case of a sexual offender who fails to appear in person or telephonically as required under this section, the Pennsylvania State Police shall notify the United States Marshals Service in accordance with section 9799.22(b)(3) (relating to enforcement).

(c)  Facilitation of verification.--The Pennsylvania State Police shall administer and facilitate the process of verification of information, including compliance with counseling in the case of sexually violent predators and sexually violent delinquent children, and photographing the sexual offender by:

(1)  Sending a notice by first class United States mail to each sexual offender at the last reported location where the offender receives mail. The notice shall be sent not more than 30 days nor less than 15 days prior to the date a sexual offender is required to appear pursuant to subsection (a) or (a.1). The notice shall remind the sexual offender of the sexual offender's responsibilities under this subchapter, including counseling in the case of sexually violent predators and sexually violent delinquent children, and provide a list of approved registration sites and the telephone number to contact the Pennsylvania State Police under subsection (a.1).

(2)  Providing verification and compliance forms as necessary at each approved registration site.

(d)  Effect of notice.--Failure to send or receive notice of information under this section shall not relieve the sexual offender from the requirements of this subchapter.

(e)  Natural disaster.--The occurrence of a natural disaster or other event requiring evacuation of residences shall not relieve the sexual offender of the duty to register or any other duty imposed by this subchapter.

(f)  Residents in group-based homes.--

(1)  A group-based home may not provide concurrent residence in the group-based home to more than five individuals in total who are required to register under this subchapter and Subchapter I (relating to continued registration of sexual offenders) as sexually violent predators.

(2)  A group-based home that violates paragraph (1) shall be subject to a civil penalty in the amount of $2,500 for a first violation and in the amount of $5,000 for a second or subsequent violation.

(3)  The Pennsylvania State Police or local law enforcement agency of jurisdiction shall investigate compliance with this subsection, and the Attorney General or district attorney may commence a civil action in the court of common pleas of the county in which a group-based home is located to impose and collect from the group-based home the penalty under paragraph (2).

(4)  As used in this subsection, the term "group-based home" has the meaning given to it in 61 Pa.C.S. § 6124(c) (relating to certain offenders residing in group-based homes).

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(Dec. 20, 2011, P.L.446, No.111, eff. one year; July 5, 2012, P.L.880, No.91, eff. Dec. 20, 2012; Feb. 21, 2018, P.L.27, No.10, eff. imd.; June 12, 2018, P.L.140, No.29, eff. imd.)

 

2019 Unconstitutionality.  Section 9799.25 was declared unconstitutional as applied by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Commonwealth v. Lippincott, 208 A.3d 143 (Pa. 2019).

2018 Amendments.  Act 10 amended subsecs. (b)(2) and (3), (c)(1) and (f)(1) and added subsecs. (a.1) and (a.2) and Act 29 reenacted subsecs. (a.1), (a.2), (b)(2) and (3), (c)(1) and (f)(1). Section 20(1) of Act 10 provided that the amendment of section 9799.25 shall apply to an individual who commits an offense on or after December 20, 2012. Section 21 of Act 10 provided that the amendment of subsec. (f) shall apply to all group-based homes and their residents, regardless of when the group-based homes began to provide housing or the residents began their residency. Section 22 of Act 29 provided that the reenactment of subsec. (f) shall apply to all group-based homes and their residents, regardless of when the group-based homes began to provide housing or the residents began their residency.

2012 Amendment.  Act 91 amended subsecs. (b)(1) and (c) intro. par. and (1).

2011 Amendment.  Act 111 added section 9799.25.

Cross References.  Section 9799.25 is referred to in sections 9799.13, 9799.21, 9799.23, 9799.32 of this title; section 4915.1 of Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses).