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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.

In Massachusetts, 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.”

Once an offender is classified as a Level 2 or a Level 3 Offender, his/her sex offender registry information will be 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.

Pam December 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Paul / SC - I agree with you. The Posting should be on a case by case basis.
Vviti December 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I also agree with Paul and Pam. Children are sometimes prompted to lie by overly zealous professionals. I'm sure many innocent people have been labeled for life in this way. These cases should be judged individually.
Paul Silver December 12, 2012 at 02:11 PM
The hard question is who would do the screening and determine who would be listed... perhaps for the sake of Justice, we should have certain criteria that perhaps define what is considered serious enough to make public... rather than leave this to the whim of some bureaucrat... but how to implement this is the hard question...
mike westman December 13, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Keep the level one a private matter......of course there will be people that end up abusing the protection.....the usual level one will probably never become a bad guy (or girl) and this one time mistake should not destroy their lives forever.
SC December 14, 2012 at 06:59 PM
The psychologists and social workers that encounter these folks when they enter the criminal justice system and preside over parole hearings should be providing this service as I believe recidivist statistics are already being compiled. They do have a system in place, someone just needs common sense to make it work properly.

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