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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Sex Offender Receives Nearly Two-Year Prison Sentence for Violating Megan’s Law

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that George Alexander, 28, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 21 months’ incarceration, 12 months’ home confinement and five years’ supervised release by United States District Judge Jan. E. DuBois for violating Megan’s Law. Under Megan’s Law, also known as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), sex offenders are required to register their home, work, and school addresses with state law enforcement, so that individuals can search a database and be aware of convicted sex offenders living, working, or attending school in their neighborhood.

The defendant was convicted of sexual contact with a minor in 2018 and incarcerated. He registered a Philadelphia address upon his release from jail, but then moved away from that address within a month and never listed his new address. He was arrested in May 2019 in Vermont, more than nine months after leaving his registered Philadelphia address.

“The purpose of Megan’s Law is to provide the public with current information about the whereabouts of sex offenders in order to ensure public awareness and safety,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “If those offenders do not comply with the registration requirements, we will aggressively prosecute them for this failure so that the public receives the information that it deserves.”

“Parents have the right to know if a predator lives next door,” said Michael T. Harpster, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “Megan’s Law was enacted in order to provide that information to the public and better protect children. Registered sexual offenders are required to keep their information up to date. Those who won’t need to know they’ll be swiftly held accountable.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service and the Colchester, VT Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nancy Rue.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Updated October 16, 2019