More than a month after Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges, a new law is on the books in Pennsylvania expanding the state’s institutional sexual assault offense.
Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Tuesday a bill that expands the state’s version of Megan’s Law and brings Pennsylvania into compliance with federal sex-offender registration standards.
The law gives state prosecutors changes they had long sought to enforce Megan’s Law registration requirements for homeless people and those convicted in other states. It also expands the definition of institutional sex assault to employees, volunteers and other adults who work with children in schools or other centers.
The changes were in the works before the arrest of Sandusky, who is accused of sexually abusing young boys on Penn State’s campus. He maintains his innocence.