Boston, with its historic neighborhoods and prestigious universities, is not immune to having sex offenders live in its boundaries. In fact, 193 registered sex offenders were living in Boston as of November 2018. The ratio of residents to sex offenders is 3,486 to 1. What follows are the neighborhoods with the most residents on the sex offender list.
Quincy is the community that seems to have the most sex offenders in comparison with other Boston neighborhoods. Twelve say they live in the neighborhood, and six registered as working there. It is not clear if the six working in the community are included in the twelve who are living there.
Randolph is behind Quincy, but only by one offender. Two offenders are registered as working in the neighborhood.
Even though the Puritans were known for founding Plymouth, now nine residents are residing there who are registered on the sex offender registry.
Six sex offenders are registered as living in Weymouth, and five offenders work in the neighborhood.
There are five sex offenders registered living in Stoughton.
Different towns and neighborhoods surrounding Boston react to sex offenders differently. Pembroke, Rockland, and Weymouth have enacted ordinances to bar level three sex offenders from living within 1,500 feet of a school, daycare, park, or recreation facility. Quincy, Plymouth, and Hull are considering similar actions.
Massachusetts classifies sex offenders by levels. Level three offenders are those who have been convicted and are considered as likely to commit future sex crimes. The names, addresses, and physical descriptions of level three sex offenders can be found online. You can also see a photo of each as well as a list of their convictions.
Level two sex offenders are considered a moderate risk to offend again. Information regarding these individuals is public but must be obtained from local police departments. The public can have access to this information, but you first must fill out a form and verify that you want this information to protect a child.
Information regarding level one sex offenders is not made available to individual citizens.
Although not on the list of top five neighborhoods housing sex offenders, residents of Dorchester were upset when they found out one of the apartment complexes in the area was home to seven high-level sex offenders.
Like other locations, if you live in Massachusetts and fail to register as a sex offender, you could be in a lot of trouble. Failing to disclose is a criminal charge. You can also be charged if you fail to verify your registration by your specific deadline. It is also illegal for sex offenders to give false information. Sex offenders also must give notice when their address, school attendance, or job changes.
Even if your information may not be made public if you are a level one or two sex offender, you still need to provide your information to the municipality where you live. You must update your registry if you have any secondary addresses in the state, are moving to the state, are working in Massachusetts, or live out of state but attend school in Massachusetts. You also need to tell the local authorities if you become homeless in their area.
If you are moving to Massachusetts from another state, and you are a sex offender, you need to register within two days of moving. If you are moving within the state, you need to register your new address at least ten days before you move. This is also true if you are moving to another state. Let the local authorities know that you are moving within ten days and then register as a sex offender in the state in which you are moving. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have a sex registry.
Homeless sex offenders need to check in with the local authorities more often than those who have traditional residences. These individuals need to check in every thirty days with the local police.
First-time violators of the registry will be given between six months and 2.5 years in jail. The maximum sentence is five years in a state prison and a maximum fine of $1,000. Repeat offenders will be given at a minimum of five years in state prison.
Residents of Massachusetts can search for sex offenders in a variety of ways. You can search for individuals by their names. You can also look for sex offenders living in a specific town or zip code. Massachusetts’s residents can also search for sex offenders living in one particular geographic area or neighborhood.