Could post-conviction collateral relief release a sexual predator from prison early?
September 17, 2012 6:45 PM Subscribe
Pennsylvania criminal law filter: How does post-conviction collateral relief work, and how often does it result in dismissed charges? Details of one particular case inside...
posted by Unsomnambulist to law & government (7 answers total)
A convicted "sexually violent predator" in Pennsylvania has applied for post-conviction collateral relief on one of two charges he pled guilty to in 2012.
As he'd been convicted at least three times for molesting children he received the most severe designation a child predator could receive. As a "sexually violent predator" he will need to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life in the United States.
The charge he's seeking post-conviction collateral relief is from 1999. He was only convicted in 2010 after another pre-teen girl, 10 years later, accused him of also molesting her, which he also pled guilty to.
In 1995 he also pled guilty to indecent assault with yet another young girl.
Details of his case can be found here.
Court records specifying his request for post-conviction collateral relief here.
I want to know if any lawyers in the house can shed any details on how this works, and what the general success rate is for these procedures? Could this overturn his sexually violent predator designation? Are there other ramifications?