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(AP) -- Changes are coming to Pennsylvania's sex offender registry as a result of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision issued this week, but experts say it's unclear exactly how they will play out.
The justices said 2012 changes to the registry that expanded and toughened reporting rules under the state's Megan's Law can't be applied retroactively, ruling in favor of Jose Muniz, convicted in Cumberland County of two counts of indecent assault of a 12-year-old girl.
According to our research of Pennsylvania and other state lists there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Fairview as of January 12, 2018.
The ratio of number of residents in Fairview to the number of sex offenders is 100 to 1.
When the new law took effect in December 2012, there were just over 12,000 registrants in the system, and about half of them had to register for life, said Aaron Marcus, an appellate lawyer with the Defender Association of Philadelphia.
Under the state's Megan's Law, offenders had to register and report for either 10 years or life, but the 2012 enactment of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act changed that to 15 years, 25 years or life, causing many offenders who had been in the midst of a 10-year reporting period to have to remain registered for life.
The court said Muniz was not subject to the harsher penalties of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, and now agencies are trying to sort out what that means for other convicted sex offenders.
Some persons listed might no longer be registered sex offenders and others might have been added.
Some addresses or other data might no longer be current.
"The majority want these notifications, because for them it is a matter of their safety and their peace of mind," Storm said.