SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY
The Easton Police Department works in conjunction with the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB). The Sex Offender Registry Board is the state agency that is responsible for keeping track of convicted sex offenders and classifying each offender so that the public may receive information about dangerous sex offenders who live or work in our community. The goal of the Sex Offender Registry is to educate the public and to prevent further victimization.
What is a Sex Offender?
Classification of Sex Offenders
Level 1 Sex Offender is a low risk offender. Where the SORB determines that the risk of reoffense by an offender is low and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public by that offender is not such that a public safety interest is served by public availability, the board shall give the offender a level 1 designation. Information on a level 1 offender will not be available to the public.
Level 2 Sex Offender is a moderate risk offender. Where the SORB determines that the risk of reoffense is moderate and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a public safety interest is served by public availability of registration information the board shall give a level 2 designation to the sex offender.
Level 3 Sex Offender is a high risk offender. Where the SORB determines that the risk of reoffense is high and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that substantial public safety interest is served by active dissemination, it shall give a level 3 designation to the sex offender.
Sexually Violent Predators. If an offender is classified as a level 3 offender and the SORB concludes that such sex offender should be designated a sexually violent predator the SORB may report to the sentencing court the SORB’s reason for recommending this classification. The sentencing court may determine by a preponderance of the evidence, whether such sex offender be classified as a sexually violent predator.
Obtaining Information About Sex Offenders Living/Working In Your Community
Penalties For Improper Use Of Sex Offender Registry InformationInformation contained in the Sex Offender Registry shall not be used to commit a crime against an offender or to engage in discrimination or harassment of an offender. Any person who improperly uses Sex Offender Registry information shall be punished by not more than two and one-half years in the house of correction or by a fine of not more that $1,000 or by both such fine and imprisonment.
For further and more complete information refer to the Sex Offender Registry Board website at www.mass.gov/sorb/