Friday, July 03, 2009

Homeless sex offenders don't have to register,
state court rules

Convicted sexual offenders cannot be held subject to Megan's Law registration requirements if they are homeless, a Pennsylvania court has ruled.

Because he could not find a home after being released from prison in 2007 on sexual assault charges, William H. Wilgus should not have been prosecuted for violating the requirements to register his address with state police, the court said.

Wilgus unsuccessfully tried to find housing at several shelters and ended up living in alleys near the county courthouse.

The court said the definition of residence in the law and its purpose to inform neighbors makes it clear that the law cannot apply to transients. The three-judge panel suggested the state Legislature could amend the law to address the situation.

Read the court's decision here.


At 11:51 PM, Anonymous Barry said...

I think every person ought to read it.
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