• A hearing examiner must now find that SORB’s classification recommendation for a sex offender is proved by a “high degree of probability.” 
  • Moving forward, all sex offenders who appear in front of SORB for a classification hearing will be classified using the higher standard of clear and convincing evidence.
  • Hundreds of sex offenders who have cases pending before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Superior Court, or SORB, will receive a new hearing applying the higher standard.  These offenders will be returned to an unclassified status, and their registry information will not be available on this website or disseminated to the public by local police departments.  If the offender’s pending case is a reclassification, the offender will be returned to his or her previous classification.  Following the new classification hearing applying the higher standard, the registry information of these individuals will be disseminated in accordance with the sex offender registry law. 
  • If you are the victim of a sex assault or the parent or guardian of a sexual assault victim and have questions about this new Court ruling, please contact SORB’s Victim Service Unit at 978-740-6440 or 1-800-936-3426.     
  • If you are a concerned citizen or organization and have questions about the criminal justice information of a potential sex offender, please click the following link to the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services website. http://www.mass.gov/eopss/crime-prev-personal-sfty/bkgd-check/cori/
  • For additional information on sex offenders who are living or working in Massachusetts and registered in another state please check the National Sex Offender Registry at the following link. https://www.nsopw.gov/