No one facing allegations of committing a sex offense needs to be reminded of what's at stake. Many of these offenses carry significant prison sentences and registration as a sex offender, which can make it difficult to find housing and work for decades to come.
A ruling issued by a divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court could greatly alter the registration requirements imposed on some types of convicted sex offenders. The Opinion handed down in Commonwealth v. Lutz-Morrison, Under an interpretation of the old "Megan's Law" statute a conviction on two or more registration crimes triggers automatic lifetime registration.
The General Assembly in the state of New Jersey passed several bills in 1994 requiring the disclosure of information about convicted sex offenders to the general public. These bills collectively became referred to as Megan's Law, named for Megan Kanka, a murder victim. It was proposed that this compiled information be shared in what's now called a Sex Offender Registry. Even though this registry is of use nationwide, every state's laws regarding sex offenses differ. Therefore, the sex offender registry requirements will subsequently vary as well. Below is information specific to Pennsylvania.
The use of popular peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs may not necessarily prevent your most private and personal information from being compromised. These programs have proliferated over the years and are widely available for a variety of uses, both personal and commercial. According to a report to Congress prepared in May 2005 by the General Accounting Office (GAO) in Washington, D.C., there were in excess of 100 P2P programs available for commercial and non-commercial uses.