For his 1989 conviction of indecent assault and battery, John Burbine of Wakefield was categorized as a level one sex offender. He now stands charged with 13 counts of sexually assuating children and toddlers.
Because level two and three offenders are considered more dangerous and likely to reoffend, their names are made available to the public, but not those of level one. Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo says he will take another look at a bill proposed by Governor Deval Patrick last year that would make the name of level one sex offenders available to the public.
“It think they should make people aware,” said Nicole Diliddo of Worcester.
“There should be no tolerance whatsoever for that,” says Bill Hooben of West Springfield. “That information should be shared from the start of someone’s criminal career if that’s the case. It should not be allowed to remain anonymous.”
“I think it should also depend on the situation,” said Matthew Santillo of West Springfield. “If it’s something dumb like running naked, then they should take it individually.”