What is a Sexual Violent Predator in PA?
PA law creates a special label for certain types of sex offenders. They call these folks Sexually Violent Predator (SVP). To become an SVP is sadly rather easy. You have to be convicted of a qualifying offense. The law as to what is a SVP and the burden the government must show is very detailed. It is extremely nuanced.
In a nutshell, after examining factors including an assessment by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Assessment Board (SOAB), a SVP is someone convicted of one of those outlined offenses above who has “a mental abnormality or personalty disorder” that makes the likely a repeat sexual offense. There is a separate trial like event called a SVP hearing where the government has to prove that you fit the SVP criteria.
The law defines “Predatory” as “an act directed at a stranger or person in order to establish a relationship in order to facilitate victimization.”
At this hearing the prosecutor must prove by clear and convincing evidence that you are a sexually violent predator.
Sexual Offenses (Sex Crimes)
- Statutory Sexual Assault
- Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Assault by Sports Official, Volunteer or Employee of a Nonprofit Organization
- Aggravated Indecent Assault
- Indecent Assault
- Indecent Exposure
- Failure to Register Megan’s Law
- Conduct Related to Sex Offenders
- Unlawful Dissemination of Intimate Image
- Female Mutilation
- Sexual Abuse of Children
- Unlawful Contact with a Minor
- Sexual Exploitation of Children
- Open Lewdness
Will my job find out about me being charged with sex offenses?
Yes and no. It depends. First, if you are convicted then yes, your job will know about it because either you are in jail or the probation and parole department will seek to verify your employment from tie to time. Prior to conviction, anyone with internet access can look to see if anyone has or had criminal charges. Doubt us?
The PA UJS Public Web Docket Sheets option provides access to search, view and print the docket sheets for Pennsylvania’s Appellate Courts, Criminal Courts of Common Pleas, Magisterial District Courts and the Philadelphia Municipal Court.
Will my neighbors be notified of my charges?
Prior to conviction, not by the court or court officials. But that doesn’t stop the newspaper from reporting on your arrest. IN fact, they frequently do. Also as we talked about above, the PA UJS has a public searchable database. Anyone can take that information and go to the local MDJ office that is prosecuting your case, ask for and get a copy of the charging documents (the criminal complaint and affidavit of probable cause).
If you are convicted, then your neighbors will know in any number of ways. First, the newspaper publishes articles on people with these charges, not all the time, but enough. Second, if your conviction lands you on the Megan’s Law list than anyone can look up your details (where you live, where you work, what you look like, scars and tattoos, and the make and model of any car you own). Pennsylvania State Police Megan’s Law searchable database. Third, if the court determines you to be a Sexually Violent Predator, then the police will actively notify your neighbors about you.
What penalties does a SVP face in PA?
A Sexually Violent Predator must register on PA Megan’s Law for life. A SVP must for his or her lifetime, at least monthly, attend and participate in mandatory sex offender counseling with a treatment provider approved by the SOAB. A SVP will undergo active community notification. Local law enforcement authorities will notify neighbors, county Children and Youth Agencies, local day care centers, school districts and institutions of higher education of the Sexually Violent Predator’s name, residential address and offense. With the notification will be a recent photograph of the offender.
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The Public Web Docket Sheets option provides access to search, view and print the docket sheets for Pennsylvania’s Appellate Courts, Criminal Courts of Common Pleas, Magisterial District Courts and the Philadelphia Municipal Court.