TELL US: Should Level 1 Sex Offender Information Be Public?

A Wakefield man and tutor who faces numerous child sex charges was a Level 1 sex offender.

On Thursday afternoon, news spread quickly through the region about the indictment of a Wakefield couple for numerous charges stemming from an illegal day care operation where graphic child sexual abuse occurred.

, which offered tutoring and day care.

Burbine was a level 1 sex offender, which means he had been convicted of a sex-related crime but was deemed least likely to re-offend.

Sex offenders are classified according to the degree of dangerousness they pose to the public and their likelihood to re-offend. A Level 1 offender has been classified as a “low risk.” A Level 2 offender has been classified as a “moderate risk.” A Level 3 offender has been classified as a “high risk.”

There are five Level 3 sex offenders with ties to Danvers, four who live in town and one who works in town, according to the state Sex Offender Registry Board.

Offenders classified as a Level 2 or a Level 3 offender have his or her sex offender registry information available to the public. Level 1 information is not public.

Does this case affect how you feel about the Sex Offender Registry? Would releasing more information about all levels of sex offenders prove helpful? Or, do you think level 1 offenders don't deserve to have their information made public? Tell us in the comments.

DAS December 10, 2012 at 04:25 PM
oh and if you get arrested for a sex crime, you shouldn't be allowed to plead to a lesser charge. None of this raping a child and having it lessened to contributing to the delinquincy of a minor or something like that.
massprisonguard December 10, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Sean. Just look at the department of justices Wed site sex offenders are the least likely to te offend. Only 1.5 % of RSO ever reoffend. Almost all offences are committed by someone the victim knows. So you have more of a chance of getting sexually assaulted by someone not on the list
Sean Ward December 10, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Correction, they are never re-caught.
chicklone December 11, 2012 at 02:17 AM
All Offenders Records should be and usually are Public Record. Funny though, we don't get to read about the Criminals who hold Public Office in Danvers. We never hear about their DUI's or other 'small'? offenses. A Criminal Background Check should be MANDATORY for anyone who runs for Public Office..oh no ...not in Danvers?
A-Guest December 11, 2012 at 05:53 AM
The law specifically states sex offenders - all levels - are to report annually and to be publically identified for community awareness. The law needs to remain in force.


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