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Crime Files: Sex Offender Search

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Do you know where the sex offenders live in your community, or do you even know how to look?

Monday night on ABC40 News, it was a Crime Files Special: Sex Offender Search.

We showed you how you can scout out your own neighborhood for sex offenders, and members of the ABC40 News team were online and ready to take your calls, helping you check your neighborhood.

We will also investigated why some communities ban sex offenders from living near schools and playgrounds, while others have no restrictions at all.

SEARCH FOR A SEX OFFENDER

Search right down to your neighborhood, using your address, at Family Watchdog

Search for the number of Level 2 or Level 3 Offenders in your town

Search for Level 3 Sex Offenders in your town on the Mass. Sex Offender Registry Board

U.S. Dept. of Justice National Sex Offender Registry

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Obtaining Sex Offender Registration Information from your city or town

State Form to obtain Sex Offender Information from your city or town

Mass. Most Wanted High Risk Sex Offenders

Mass Definition of Sex Offender Classifications

 

Penalties for Improper Use of Sex Offender Information:  Sex Offender Registry information shall not be used to commit a crime to engage in illegal discrimination or harassment of an registered offender. Any person who uses information disclosed pursuant to M.G.L. c 6. s 178C-178P for such purposes shall be punished by not more than two and one half (2 1/ 2) years in a house of correction or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1000.00) or both (M.G.L. c 6 s 178N). In addition, any person who uses registry information to threaten to commit a crime may be punished by a fine of not more that on hundred dollars ($100.00) or by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months. (M.G.L. c 275 s 4).