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Arciero Commends Speaker's Vow to Revisit Bill Publicizing Sex Offenders

If passed, the law would allow the public to access information about Level 1 sex offenders.

In the wake of last week's horrific news of a Wakefield man arrested on charges that he raped infants and toddlers, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he will take another look at legislation to publicize names of low-level sex offenders, an initiative that has the support of Westford state representative James Arciero.

Arciero, who also represents Littleton and Chelmsford Precincts 5,7 and 8, believes that the proposed law, which would add Massachusetts to the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, is a common sense move.

"We want to give information to all citizens that is necessary to protect families and keep neighborhoods safe," said Arciero, who spearheaded legislation last year to put information of Level 2 sex offenders online.

The issue is being revisited in light of the fact that John Burbine of Wakefield, the man who was charged last week with 100 child sex abuse charges involving 13 infants and toddlers, was a Level 1 sex offender. Burbine was convicted in 1989 of indecent assault and battery on a child. 

The proposed bill would have made information of Burbine's previous conviction public. 

“In the coming days, Speaker DeLeo will meet with law enforcement from the affected communities and give serious consideration to the bill in question as well as other options to address these types of sickening crimes,” DeLeo spokesman Seth Gitell told the Herald.

Chelmsford's other state representatives could not be reached for comment.

ltm December 15, 2012 at 06:36 AM
It is understandable to be outraged over the individual criminal behavior of persons who would molest babies, infants, todlers etc., however, this is not indicative of others who have minimal or no criminal offences indicative of the aforementioned behavior. Passing laws that identify individuals after they have served their punishment established by the court system and are now living decent and respectable lives identifies numerous human rights violations and unconstitutional legislation. Personally, House Speaker Robert DeLeo hasn't a clue about what he is proposing and is another politician who takes advantage of his political stature to continue to dramatize and punish all Prior Offenders as inhuman and criminal. House Speaker Robert DeLeo is grand standing far beyond any limits of fairness and needs to examine his own motives to make Prior Offenders lives more difficult and tortuous. Frankly, the use of illegal narcotics threaten our children many times over any sex offender issues. Countless lives of children, families, law enforcement, courts and prisons are deluged by drug abuse in all its forms. Why isn't House speaker Robert DeLeo not outraged over the damage caused to children and families affected by illegal drugs?
ltm December 15, 2012 at 06:59 AM
I neglected to include Westford state representative James Arciero as commplicit in my comment
ltm December 15, 2012 at 07:25 AM
Informative reading for Westford state representative James Arciero and House Speaker Robert DeLeo By Dr. Jill Levenson: A multi-state recidivism study using static-99R and static-2002 risk scores And tier guidelines from the tier guidelines from the ADAM WALSH ACT ◆ RESEARCH REPORT SUBMITTED TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE 2012 Award Number 2008-MU-MU-000

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