ARD

Pennsylvania’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program — known as ARD — is meant to give participants a “fresh start.” If they complete the program, they can get a clean record.

Under a new Pennsylvania law, someone charged with a sex offense against a child can not qualify for the state’s first-time offender program. 

State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff said ARD was set up for non-violent offenses — maybe a first-time DUI.

“I don’t think it was ever intended to be used for sexual offenders, especially sexual offenders of minors," Benninghoff said.