Have you ever wondered if you have registered sex offenders living in your neighborhood? I think most people don’t really pay much mind unless "Creepy Jim" asks their kid if they want candy. Never a good thing. But there is an easy solution to information ignorance. Although the Jacob Watterling Act of 1994 established registry boards nationwide, it wasn’t until 1996 when it was amended by Megan's Law which required states to create searchable websites to alert the public when a registered sex offender lives or works in a particular area. Subsequently, The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Child Safety Act of 2006 established uniform requirements for sex offender registration throughout the country.
In Massachusetts, we have the Sex Offender Registry Board who does a good job keeping track of these offenders. So, how do I find out who these people are? was your next question (I knew it). Click the button below to visit their website and find the level 2's and 3's in your area.
Remember, Sex offender registration information can not be used to harass, discriminate or commit a crime against an offender. And there are stiff penalties for those who do this. For example, any person who misuses sex offender registration information obtained from the SORB website can be punished by two years in jail (M.G.L. c. 6, § 178N). So, I'd recommend not doing that.
Although all offenders are required to register, only level 2 and level 3 offenders are publicly posted and available for view. There are thousands more level one sex offenders in Massachusetts who are protected from public knowledge because their offense was "minor". Remember, these so-called low level offenders have been charged AND convicted of their sex related crimes in a court of law. But all hope is not lost. If you believe you should have access to additional information (level 1 offenders) you can make a public records request to the Sex Offender Registry Board (click the button below).
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