Megan’s Law

megans lawUnder the federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, which went into effect on Oct. 28, 2002, any person who is required to register with the state of New Hampshire as a sex offender must notify the state if they are employed by or a student at a college or university.

The law also requires institutions of higher learning to advise the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by the Commonwealth may be obtained.

Pursuant to the provisions of New Hampshire’s Megan’s Law, RSA 651-B., the New Hampshire State Police has established a web page to provide timely information to the public on registered sex offenders residing in the state.

The Plymouth State University Police Department also works in cooperation with the Plymouth and Holderness Police Departments to receive information on current registered sex offenders residing within the University community. The sex offender registry may be viewed at the Plymouth Police Department located at 334 Main Street, Plymouth, NH.

What is Megan’s Law?

This law requires authorities to notify communities of the whereabouts of convicted sex offenders.

Paul Kramer was the sponsor in 1994 in the New Jersey General Assembly of a package of seven bills known as Megan’s Law that were approved one month after the rape and murder of seven-year-old Megan Kanka by Jesse Timmendequas, a sex offender who had been previously convicted of sex crimes and had lived across the street from Kanka together with two other sex offenders. He had killed Megan Kanka after luring her into his house under the pretext of showing her his new puppy. It was first enacted by New Jersey in 1995. *Source Wikipedia

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