Sex Offender Information
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Sex offenders will be classified according to the degree of dangerousness they pose to the public and their likelihood for re-offense. According to Massachusetts laws, an offender's classification will be:
Level 1 Offender: Where the sex offender registry board determines that the risk of re-offense is low and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public by that offender is not such that a public safety interest is served by public availability, the board shall give that offender a Level 1 designation. Information on Level 1 offenders will not be available to the public. Neither the police nor the board have authority to disseminate information identifying Level 1 offenders. Information identifying Level 1 offenders may only be given to the Department of Corrections, any county correctional facility, the Department of Youth Services, the Department of Social Services, the Parole Board, the Department of Probation and the Department of Mental Health, all city and town police departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for law enforcement purposes.
Level 2 or "moderate risk" Offender: Where the Board determines that the risk of re-offense is moderate and the degree of dangerousness poses to the public is such that a public safety interest is served by public availability of registration information, it shall give a level 2 designation to the sex offender. The public shall have access to the information regarding a level 2 offender though the local police departments and through the Sex Offender Registry Board.
Level 3 or "high risk" Offender: Where the board determines that the risk of re-offense is high and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a substantial public safety interest is served by active dissemination, it shall give a Level 3 designation to the sex offender. The public shall have access to the information regarding a Level 3 offender though the local police departments and through the Sex Offender Registry Board.
Sex Offender Information Available at Local Police Departments
A person may request sex offender information by going to his/her local city or town police station. After presenting proper identification, the requester must fill out a sex offender request form containing:
- The name and address of the requester.
- Information may be requested in the following manners:
- Inquire whether a specifically named individual or a person described by sufficient identifying information to allow the police to identify the individual is a sex offender; or
- The requester may inquire whether any sex offenders live, works or attends an institution of higher learning within the same city or town of a specific address, including, but not limited to, a residential address, business address, school, after school program, day care center, playground, recreational area or other identified address; or
- The requester may inquire whether any sex offenders live, works or attends an institution of higher learning at a specific street address within the city or town where the person is requesting sex offender information; or
- Where the police department is located in a city or town with more than one zip code area, the inquiry may ask whether any sex offenders live or work within a specified zip code. In Boston such inquiry may be made by specified police district.
- The reason for the request.
- The date and time of the request.
If the request results in the identification of a sex offender, the police will distribute the offender’s name, home address, work address, the name and address of the institution of higher learning where the sex offender works or is enrolled as a student, age, sex, height, weight, eye and hair color, the sex offenses committed and the dates of conviction and/or adjudication and a photo of the offender, if available.
The information will be provided free of charge. Download Form Here.