For almost three decades, Minnesotans kept their porch lights burning, hoping Jacob Wetterling might find his way home.
Those hopes were crushed Saturday when they learned that a longtime suspect in the 1989 disappearance had led authorities to the remains of the 11-year-old, whose abduction from St. Joseph stunned Minnesotans and changed the way parents watch over their children.
The Jacob Wetterling Act required states, including Pennsylvania, to establish stringent registration programs for sex offenders – including life-long registration for certain offenders.
The registration of sex offenders in Pennsylvania, known as Megan’s Law, has had a tumultuous existence including a number of revision to comply with several successful challenges before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
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