In Pennsylvania as in other states, many people convicted of sex crimes are required to register on the state's sex offender list. Once on the list, people's lives are often restricted in several ways. Common restrictions for those on a sex offender list include banishment from schools, libraries, beaches and other public areas.
Last week, a 43-year-old Pennsylvania man who was facing criminal charges for allegedly possessing child pornography avoided jail time and was sentenced house arrest.
Pennsylvania prosecutors are pressing charges against a 58-year-old Windber man who allegedly sent sexually graphic messages to online personalities he believed to be 13-year-old girls. Charges, which are being filed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, include unlawful contact with a minor, attempted unlawful contact, and criminal use of communication facility. These types of Internet sex crime charges carry serious penalties in the State of Pennsylvania.