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Press Release Governor Baker Names Megan McLaughlin as Chair of the Sex Offender Registry Board

For immediate release:
2/17/2022
  • Sex Offender Registry Board
  • Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

Media Contact for Governor Baker Names Megan McLaughlin as Chair of the Sex Offender Registry Board

Elaine Driscoll, Director of Communications and Policy

BostonToday, Governor Baker appointed Megan McLaughlin as the Chair of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Register Board (SORB). McLaughlin, who most recently served as SORB’s General Counsel, is a veteran prosecutor with extensive procedural and investigatory experience, serving as chief of the major crimes division for the state attorney general and as an assistant district attorney prosecuting crimes against children. McLaughlin will replace former Chairman Kevin R. Hayden, who was recently appointed as Suffolk County District Attorney by Governor Baker.

“Megan McLaughlin brings significant legal expertise to her new role as chair,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Her impressive prosecutorial career and oversight of complex cases involving human trafficking and child abuse make her well-qualified to serve as Chair of the Sex Offender Registry Board."

McLaughlin has served as SORB’s General Counsel since 2020. In that capacity, she has handled appeals of sex offender classifications, ensured operations and policies adhered to statutory mandates, and updated regulations to reflect current law and research on sexual recidivism.

“Megan McLaughlin has demonstrated strong leadership throughout her legal career and a commitment to protecting the people of the Commonwealth,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We look forward to her continued work at SORB and are grateful for her ongoing contributions to this crucial public safety position.”

“We are pleased to welcome Megan to her new role as SORB Chair. We are confident in Megan’s commitment and ability to guide SORB’s critical mission of classifying offenders and making information available to the public,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Terrence Reidy.

“I am honored for the opportunity to serve as SORB’s Chair. I look forward to leading SORB’s dedicated team with a shared focus on the vital task of promoting public safety by preventing victimization through education and information,” said Megan McLaughlin.

The Sex Offender Registry Board's primary duty is to register and classify convicted sex offenders according to their risk of re-offense and the degree of danger that they pose.  It maintains the state’s sex offender registry, works with state and local government agencies to keep them and the public at large informed on registered offenders, and provides additional services to the victims and survivors of sexual violence.  Its seven members are appointed by the Governor, with one Chair and six additional members who serve for six-year terms.

About Megan McLaughlin

Megan McLaughlin joined the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board as General Counsel in September 2020.

Prior to joining SORB, McLaughlin served as Chief of the Enterprise and Major Crimes Division in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. In this role, McLaughlin managed a growing unit of attorneys and intelligence analysts, working collaboratively with law enforcement focused on large-scale narcotics and firearms offenses. From 2015- 2019, McLaughlin served as an Assistant Attorney General in the same unit, investigating and prosecuting complex cases involving opioids and human trafficking before being promoted to chief in 2019.

From 2008- 2015, McLaughlin served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, working in the Child Abuse Unit and at various courts. In this role, McLaughlin tried over fifty jury trials and successfully argued twice before the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Prior to her role as an Assistant District Attorney, McLaughlin served as a law clerk at Massachusetts Superior Court.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, McLaughlin holds a law degree from Suffolk University Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 2007. 

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Media Contact for Governor Baker Names Megan McLaughlin as Chair of the Sex Offender Registry Board

Sex Offender Registry Board 

The Sex Offender Registry Board promotes public safety by educating and informing the public to prevent further victimization. We register and classify convicted sex offenders according to their risk of re-offense and the degree of danger they pose.

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security 

EOPSS is responsible for the policy development and budgetary oversight of its secretariat agencies, independent programs, and several boards which aid in crime prevention, homeland security preparedness, and ensuring the safety of residents and visitors in the Commonwealth.
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