LANCASTER - Pennsylvania State Police are looking at how to improve notification of local police when a Megan's Law offender fails to check in as required.
That's what authorities say happened with [name withheld], who was charged Wednesday with kidnapping a 5-year-old girl July 11 from Lancaster Township and sexually assaulting her.
[name withheld], 73, of Conestoga Township, was required to check in with authorities in person four times annually for his 1990 conviction for kidnapping and child rape. He served 20 years -- his maximum sentence -- and was released in May 2010. He apparently checked in as required until this spring.
He failed to check in during a 10-day period ending May 7, according to Southern Regional Police, who charged him July 12 with the Megan's Law violation.
By then, authorities were looking at [name withheld] for the abduction.
"We make every effort to make notifications as expeditiously as possible and continually assess our operations for ways to improve efficiency and timeliness," Maria Finn, a state police spokeswoman, said by e-mail Thursday.
But there's no time frame under Megan's Law in which state police must notify local departments about a person failing to check in, she said. The agency is looking into generating automated notifications, and would have to create a system to do so, Finn said.
State police have been dealing with a notification backlog tied to the Adam Walsh Act, which required that some 12,500 Megan's Law registrants in the state register with state police between Dec. 20 and March 20.