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Sex Crimes Offender Registration Does Not Apply

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruled on December 12, 2013, that the registration requirements under SORNA, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, did not apply to a Defendant who pleaded guilty before SORNA became effective on December 20, 2012, and was not subject to registration under Megan's Law as a result of the guilty plea to sex crimes.  In the case of Commonwealth vs. Hainesworth, the Superior Court rendered its decision based on contract law, and not upon constitutional grounds or upon grounds of retroactivity of the new law.  The Court said that Hainesworth had entered into a contract to plead guilty of crimes which had no Megan's Law implications, and therefore, he was entitled to the benefit of his guilty plea bargain and did not have to now register as a sex offender.

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