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Mass. Speaker to Re-evaluate Sex Offender Bill

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo will re-evaluate a bill that would make the names of low-level sex offenders public.

The decision comes days after prosecutors brought charges against a man who allegedly molested more than a dozen children at his wife’s child care business.

John Burbine of Wakefield is a Level 1 sex offender, considered the least likely to re-offend.

A bill filed by Gov. Deval Patrick last year would sign Massachusetts on to the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. The bill languished in the Legislature last year.

The proposed law would allow the public to access information about Level 1 sex offenders.

A spokesman for the Winthrop Democrat tells the Boston Herald (http://bit.ly/SL0bv4 ) that DeLeo will meet with law enforcement and give serious consideration to the bill.


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