It is the law. There is no way around it. There is no one above it. Kenneth Petty, the husband of rap superstar Nicki Minaj, is acutely aware of this reality. Especially after last week’s incarceration.
Petty was arrested in California last week for failing to comply with Megan’s Law, legislation that requires sex offenders to register in the state where they lay their heads. Under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, offenders are legally required to update registration in “each jurisdiction they reside, are employed, or attend school.” Failure to properly register and update personal information within a jurisdiction is considered a federal offense and can result in fines and a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
To be clear: Every person that has been criminally convicted of a sex crime is required to “register” online and disclose their current address to protect would-be victims.
Unfortunately, for him and his new wife, registering means that your address is public information. And Petty registered on the Megan’s Law website.
The website lists the Beverly Hills address of the “Superbass” superstar. While you are protecting and saving some victims, fans argue that they are putting someone else in jeopardy.
In the profile, you learn a few things about Petty. One can find out his height, weight, hair and eye color, ethnicity and what he has actually been convicted of. The crime? He has been convicted of “ATTEMPTED RAPE BY FORCE OR FEAR.”
Nicki can’t seem to catch a break or shake herself from sexual predators. Her brother, Jelani Maraj was recently sentenced to 25 years for raping his stepdaughter. Her husband is registered as a Level 2 sex offender, according to the Department of Justice’s website. According to Newsweek, he was convicted for attempting to “rape of a 16-year-old girl in 1995, during which he allegedly used a “knife/cutting instrument” to coerce her into sex. Petty was delivered an 18- to 54-month prison sentence. However, he only spent nearly four years behind bars before he was released in January 1999.”
Newsweek also reports that “in 2006 he was locked up on first-degree manslaughter charges from when he accidentally shot and killed a man named Lamont Robinson in 2002. He spent seven years in prison for that crime, however, he was placed on a supervised release program from 2013 to 2018.”