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15,000 sex offenders could soon be removed from Pa.’s Megans Law registry

A question under consideration by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court could cause a portion of the registry to disappear.

In July, the Court ruled the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) violated the state Constitution because it punished sex offenders instead of just monitoring them. That means that any of the 17,000 people convicted in Pennsylvania before SORNA went into effect in 2012 could be removed from the list.

It’s a move leaving police and prosecutors unsure if they can even charge certain sex offenders who fail to register.

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