The Pennsylvania State Police has recently made improvements to it Megan’s Law website making it easier for the public to find information about registered sexual offenders in the state. They have added a mapping function that includes radius searches surrounding a specific address. This new feature allows users to enter an address and establish a search radius of a half-mile, one mile, three miles or five miles. Users can then query the system for offenders living, working, or attending school within the given radius. Results include offender’s name and all known aliases, photograph, physical description, scars, marks, or tattoos, address, convicted offense, complaint status, work location, and vehicle information.
This site also lists how long the offender is required to be registered, such as 10 years or for life. You can also view a map of the offender’s primary residential address or view all of the offenders within the area. Offenders can also be searched by county, municipality, city, zip code, mile radius, name, non-compliant offenders, and sexually violent predators.
Additionally, the site has a soundex feature that allows users to type in a name and it provides a list people with the same name and similar-sounding names. So, even if the name is misspelled, the new website can most likely find a match. The upgraded site also features geocoding and Google mapping of offender addresses. As part of the upgrade, offender photos are now dated to show the most recent ones.
The website also lists the most wanted offenders as well as a list of all absconded and non-compliant offenders. Citizens can provide anonymous tips regarding the whereabouts of wanted offenders directly through the website.
If you would like to find sex offender registries in your state or neighborhood, visit The Free Public Records Directory – Sex Offender Records Resources page. This site provides search links for sex offender registries for each state in the country, as well a national sex offender public website coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice.