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Sex Offender Laws in Massachusetts

U.S. federal law requires that every state maintain a sex offender register. How the state compiles it and what criteria is used to classify a sexual offense is left to the discretion of that state. The Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Law stipulates that convicted sex offenders and those offenders required to register, have to register themselves within two days of receiving the notice to register. Offenders are classified into three levels depending on the severity of their crime and the likelihood of them reoffending.

Who is a sex offender in Massachusetts?

A sex offender is any person who lives, works or attends school in Massachusetts who has been:

- Convicted of a sex offense

- Judged as a youthful offender or a delinquent juvenile for any sex offense

- Released from prison, parole, probation supervision or custody with the Department of Youth Services for a sex offense, conviction or adjudication

- Judged as a sexually dangerous person, or a person released from civil commitment anytime from August 1st, 1981.

Massachusetts Sex Offender Laws

Level 1 sex offenders

These sex offenders are considered a low re-offending risk and are offenders who pose a low degree of danger to the public. The information in this category is not available to the public but only to certain government bodies and agencies. They include all municipal and state police departments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Youth Services, the Departments of Children & Families, Massachusetts Parole Board, Department of Probation, the Department of Correction and all county correctional facilities and the Department of Mental Health.

Level 2 sex offenders

These sex offenders are considered a moderate re-offending risk and are offenders who pose a moderate degree of danger to the public. Public access to information is limited to offenders registered after July 12, 2103 only. For accessibility to offenders registered before that date, the enquirer will need to make a SORI request through the Sex Offender Registry Board and contact the concerned police department.

Level 3 sex offenders

These sex offenders are considered a high re-offending risk and are offenders who pose a high degree of danger to the public. The public has complete access to all information, which can be sourced from the concerned police department and through the National Sex Offender Public Website.

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Sex Offender Laws Massachusetts

Types of sexual offenses in Massachusetts

Sexual offenses that require offenders to register include but are not limited to -indecent assault and battery (on a child under 14, over 14 or on a mentally retarded person) rape, aggravated rape, rape and abuse of a child, assault with intent to commit rape (adult or child), kidnapping of a child, solicitation for prostitution or sexual intercourse, inducing a minor into prostitution, incest, indecent exposure of a child, possession of child pornography and trafficking.

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Massachusetts Sex Offenders Registers

All offenders must provide details that include but are not limited to - their full name, aliases, date of birth, address, employment and education (if attending a post-secondary institution), personal statistics (height, weight, eye and hair color etc.) Fingerprints and photographs are required for Level 2 and three offenders. Providing false information or failure to register or failure to verify registered information will make an offender liable for prosecution. Sex offenders who move to Massachusetts from another state must register within at least two days of moving. Also, sex offenders who are domiciled in another jurisdiction but who wish to work in Massachusetts must register within two days of commencing their employment.

The register is maintained to enable law enforcement to identify sex offenders and discourage reoffending. Though public accessibility to the information is limited in Massachusetts, the register also helps creates awareness about these dangerous predators, especially the more serious offenders.

Massachusetts Sex Offender Search

Finding out if a certain person is a registered sex offender can help you protect yourself and your loved ones. If you want to perform a Massachusetts sex offender search, you can choose one of two ways for performing the query:

1. Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) – the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) allows users to find out who are the registered sex offenders in the state. To perform the search, you will need to enter a few details regarding the person in question; the offender's name and registration status. You can also perform a zip code search to find sex offenders in Massachusetts or perform a neighborhood search.

2. GoLookUp's sex offender search – GoLookUp also allows you to perform a sex offender search with a name-based directory or a zip code based directory. To perform the name search, you will need to enter the name of the person in question. The search directory will scan the person's public records and let you know if they are indeed in the sex offender registry or not. The zip code based directory will let you find out who are all the registered sex offenders in a particular zip code in Massachusetts.


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