Legislators Propose Overhaul To State Sex Offender Registry

BOSTON — A month after the arrest of a Wakefield man on more than 100 charges of molesting young children, some state lawmakers from that area are calling for an overhaul of the system that lets the public know about the presence of convicted sex offenders in their neighborhoods.

The Wakefield man, John Burbine, was previously convicted of indecent assault and battery on a child, but a state board characterized his as a Level 1 sex offender, which prevented release of information about his criminal history.

The lawmakers who’ve filed a bill to reform the state’s sex offender registry all represent Wakefield, including state Sen. Katherine Clark, who joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss the proposal.

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  • First Last

    The greatest problem is not the registered sex offender but the person in the family photo album who is NOT registered. Contact your local police department and ask them how many new cases they have as opposed to registered people completing new crimes. 97% of sex crimes are completed by people not on the registry which makes it a boondoggle.

  • Felonious Monk

    The reality is that the only overhaul necessary is complete repeal of Megan’s Law; the Sex Offense registry that exists in every state provides a false sense of security.

    Make it private, make it for law enforcement to report information necessary for background work, remove location restrictions and strengthen reoffense penalties. Or remove it all together and make serve terms what they should be as deemed appropriate per court.

    You really think a bonafide chlid molester cares about being on a list? The only people it hurts are those that try to get their lives back on track.

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