Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Leah McRobie, Female Sex Offender, Arrested for Failing to Register



Leah Lynn McRobie, 36-year-old  woman formerly from  Penn Township, Pennsylvania and currently living in Baltimore, has been arrested for failing to register as a sex offender.

McRobie was convicted in Maryland of having sex with a 14-year-old boy in 2001 after she was found guilty of having sex with the teen in motel  in front of the woman's sleeping children. Her husband was out of the room at the time. The 14-year-old told Howard County police that he had a crush on the woman, who was a neighbor at the Valencia Motel in North Laurel, according to charging documents. In April 2000 McRobie was indicted on charges of fourth-degree sex offense and third-degree sex offense. She was 23 at the time.

Leah McRobie had been living in Penn Township, but when marshals performing checks on the addresses of more than 1,000 sex offenders required to register under the Megan's Law went to her home, they found she no longer lived there and had failed to register at her new address. Service's fugitive task force  tracked McRobie to a home in Baltimore, where she was taken into custody last week. She is in jail awaiting extradition, the service reported.

Megan's Law is an informal name for laws in the United States requiring law enforcement authorities to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders, which was created in response to the murder of Megan Kanka. Individual states decide what information will be made available and how it should be disseminated. Commonly included information are the offender's name, picture, address, incarceration date, and nature of crime. The information is often displayed on free public websites, but can be published in newspapers, distributed in pamphlets, or through various other means.
At the federal level, Megan's Law is known as the Sexual Offender (Jacob Wetterling) Act of 1994, and requires persons convicted of sex crimes against children to notify local law enforcement of any change of address or employment after release from custody (prison or psychiatric facility). The notification requirement may be imposed for a fixed period of time - usually at least ten years - or permanently.
Some states may legislate registration for all sex crimes, even if no minors were involved. It is a felony in most jurisdictions to fail to register or fail to update information.


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Leah McRobie Arrested for Failing to Register as Sex Offender

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