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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.

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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.

Sean Ward December 08, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Why are level 3 sex offenders free? Registering is not going to keep them from doing it again. Are our children expected to take out their iPhone and check everyone they encounter against the database? Parents can check it to make sure they have a better chance of knowing where these people are but why should we have to live in fear for our children's safety just so these perverts can roam free? As far as this question goes clearly the people we have put in charge of determining an offenders level are failing us so yes. They should register so we can continue to do the job ourselves. Either that or put the judge who misclassified these animals in jail for a little while for putting our children in harms way.
David Hess December 08, 2012 at 04:29 PM
No system is perfect. This is certainly true of the sex offender registration system. In fact, a recent NY study found that that's state's registration laws have had no effect on sex offender recidivism. Contrary to popular perception, sex offender recidivism was low both before and after the creation of the sex offender registry. Even the vast majority of Level 3 offenders do not reoffend. In New York State, 96% of those arrested for sex crimes had no prior convictions for sex crimes and thus not listed on any registry. I have no doubt that this also is true in MA. For more details see http://sexoffenderfacts.blogspot.com/2012/03/chart-says-it-all-registry-has-no.htm
Sean Ward December 08, 2012 at 06:25 PM
David, I'm not sure what point you are trying to make here. But of the 5 registered level 3 sex offenders in Danvers one has offended 5 times, 3 have offended 2 times each and only one of them had one offense. I don't know where you are getting your numbers or what point you are trying to make but if you are making a case for letting all level 3 sex offenders roam free in our communities then you are part of the problem.
Sean Ward December 08, 2012 at 06:28 PM
And only one of the offenses was on an adult. So that's 11 raped children. I can think of no greater crime than stealing a childhood.
DAS December 10, 2012 at 04:23 PM
ALL sex offenders should be made public. I didn't do my homework and just assumed they were. I think there are a lot of people out there like me who assume. I think the registry is not so much about who will reoffend or if they will....it's more about the public being able to KNOW if the person you're hiring, or letting be around your kids has ANY HISTORY AT ALL that qualifies as a sex offense. This man worked at a college. He babysat kids. If any of those parents DID try to look him up, he wouldn't have come up. LET US decide what level offender we choose to have around our children. We need to be informed of these dangers. And David. Sex offenders DO re-offend..they just get better at hiding it or scaring their victims.
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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