INFORMATION FOR THE VICTIM OF A SEX OFFENDER
1. What does the classification level mean?
A level 1 offender poses a low risk of recidivism and degree of dangerousness. The public will not be informed of a level 1 offender - information is for law enforcement only. A level 2 offender poses a moderate risk and danger. The public may ask the local police or the Board about level 2 offenders. A level 3 offender poses a high risk and danger that warrants community notification to those likely to encounter the offender. This is normally done by newspapers advertisements, cable television notices, distribution of fliers in the neighborhood, or any other method the police department feels is necessary.
2. Which victims may participate in classification?
A victim, a parent/guardian of a child victim or a guardian of a victim of a sex offense that resulted in a conviction or adjudication may submit a written victim impact statement.
3. How can I participate in classification?
To be involved in the classification process by providing a written victim impact statement, call the Victim Services Unit at 978-740-6440. A victim service coordinator will ask you for some basic information and notify you when the offender's file is about to be reviewed for classification purposes.
4. What services are available to me if I do not speak, read and/or write English?
You can call your local service provider for assistance or the SORB victim service coordinator at 978-740-6440.
5. Can I have an advocate help write my statement for me?
Certainly, you are free to access your advocate and/or any others help to complete your written victim impact statement.
6. Does the sex offender know that the victim has submitted a written impact statement in the classification?
Yes, the law requires us to provide a copy of every document in our file to the offender. Therefore, the victim impact statement is available to the offender. However prior to giving it to the offender, we DELETE all personal or identifying data from each statement. We'll also work with victims upon request to provide suggestions on how to avoid inclusion of personal or identifying data in a statement.
7. Will my information be kept confidential?
The impact statement (excluding the name, address, phone number and other personal information identifying a victim) will, by law, become part of the sex offender's file, which he is entitled to receive. The offender's file is not available to the public.
8. Who can get sex offender registry information?
Members of the public who are at least 18 years of age may, at no cost to them, request sex offender information from their local police department or the Board. The individual requesting information must be seeking it for his or her own protection, the protection of a child under 18 years of age, or for the protection of another person whom the requesting person has responsibility, care or custody.
9. How can I request information from the police?
A person may request registry information by:
Identifying a specific individual by name or personal identifying information;
Inquiring whether any sex offenders live, work, or attend an institution of higher learning on a specific street address within that city or town;
Inquiring whether any sex offenders live, work, or attend an institution of higher learning within the same city or town of a specific address, including but not limited to, the address of a residence, school, day care center, playground or other identified address; or
Inquiring in another city or town whether any sex offenders live, work, or attend an institution of higher learning within that city or town.
10. What information will the police give me?
Information available from police departments:
The name of the sex offender;
The offender's home and work address;
- The name and address of the institution of Higher Learning where the sex offender works or is enrolled as a student;
The offense(s) for which the offender was convicted or adjudicated and the date(s) of the conviction(s) or adjudication(s);
The offender's age, sex, race, height, weight, eye, and hair color; and
A photograph of the sex offender, if available.
11. What information will the Board give me?
Information is also available by mail from the Board when the requestor identifies an individual by name, date of birth, or sufficient personal identifying characteristics. The Board will provide a report that includes whether the person identified is a sex offender with an obligation to register, the offense(s) and the date(s) of the conviction(s) or adjudication(s).
12. Can I share the registry information I receive?
Yes. The law does not prohibit the secondary dissemination of registry information. However, it is a criminal offense to use registry information to commit or threaten to commit a crime or to illegally discriminate or harass an offender.
13. How long does someone stay on the Sex Offender Registry?
Pursuant to G.L. c.6, sec. 178G, a sex offender is required to register for a period of 20 years after conviction, or release from all custody, or supervision, whichever occurs last, unless the offender is subject to lifetime registration, in which case registration shall never be terminated.
However, a sex offender may apply to the SORB for relief from registration by providing proof, by clear, and convincing evidence that the offender has not committed a sex offense within 10 years and is not likely to pose a danger to the safety of others.
14. Are juvenile sex offenders subject to the requirements of the Sex Offender Registry Law?
Yes. Juvenile sex offenders are subject to registration, classification, dissemination and community notification. A juvenile sex offender is an individual under the age of 17 who has been adjudicated as a delinquent juvenile or a youthful offender for committing a sex offense.
For additional information or assistance, please call 978-740-6440 or 1-800-93Megan (936-3426).
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