Thursday, March 28, 2013
A state audit finds 119 Level 2 and 3 sex offenders are living at addresses registered as child care providers. Also, background checks are not being done in some cases.
A new report from State Auditor Suzanne Bump suggests a surprisingly large number of sex offenders statewide may be living in properties also used as childcare facilities. According to the report, the recent audit found 119 Level 2 and 3 sex offenders living at addresses that were also registered with the state as child care providers. The audit covered July 2010 through September 2011. "While we recognize that all 119 may not pose a problem because some of the information in the sex offender registry may be outdated, we believe that routinely conducting this match will serve to better ensure the safety of children in (Department of Early Education and Care's) programs," the report states. Meanwhile, the report does not provide information…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
State Rep. Paul Heroux hosts a panel discussion on youth safety.
Gun violence, bullying and mental health were among the topics of a panel discussion Wednesday night hosted by Attleboro state Rep. Paul Heroux at the United Way of Greater Attleboro. These topics were part of a general focus on school mass shootings Heroux, who has a master's degree in criminology and worked for the Massachusetts Department of Correction, said the U.S. Secret Service tried to create a profile to identify school mass shooters, but was unable to do it. "They're finding there really isn't a profile to look for," he said Bullying was a possible motivation for the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, in which two teens killed 12 students and a teacher. Chris Rappold, a karate instructor and bullying expert, said…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The program will include discussions on guns, sex offenders and bullying.
Wednesday, January 23
As reported last week, state Rep. Paul Heroux will host a program tonight on youth safety at the United Way of Greater Attleboro, which is located at 247 Maple St. in Attleboro. Heroux issued the following information this week on the program's format: Part 1 - Heroux will talk about the legislation he filed as it applies to keeping kids safe from sex offenders and bullies (within part one, any district elected official that would like to speak will be given a moment to do so). Part 2 - Includes a panel discussion of local experts, which will include someone from: There will be a time for questions and answers for Representative Heroux and the panel.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The event is described as a "a town hall-style meeting on keeping our children safe."
Wednesday, January 16
Attleboro's new state representative will host a forum next week on Wednesday on how to keep children safe from guns, sex offenders and bullies. Paul Heroux announced the event at the Tuesday night City Council meeting, at which he also introduced himself to the city's governing body for the first time since defeating incumbent George Ross in the November election. A notice from Heroux describes the event as "a town hall-style meeting on keeping our children safe." The notice states, "This is an opportunity to hear from Rep. Paul Heroux about the legislation he has filed as it concerns keeping kids safe, other elected officials' views and to hear from a local panel of experts on ways to keep children safe concerning [guns, sex offenders …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
A Wakefield man and tutor who faces numerous child sex charges was a Level 1 sex offender.
On Thursday afternoon, news spread quickly through the region about the indictment of a Wakefield couple for numerous charges stemming from an illegal day care operation where graphic child sexual abuse occurred. The Middlesex County District Attorney's office alleges that at least 13 children were abused while under the care of John Burbine, 49, at the Waterfall Education Center, which offered tutoring and day care. Burbine was a level 1 sex offender, which means he had been convicted of a sex-related crime but was deemed least likely to re-offend. Sex offenders are classified according to the degree of dangerousness they pose to the public and their likelihood to re-offend. A Level 1 offender has been classified as a “low risk.” A Level…
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Level 2 and 3 sex offenders would be banned from city-owned property.
The Attleboro Committee on Ordinances, Elections and Legislative Matters voted in favor during a committee meeting Tuesday night to move a proposed Child Safety ordinance out of committee and to hold a public hearing. The Child Safety Ordinance would ban Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders from entering city-owned buildings or be on city-owned property that is considered a Child Safety Zone. The zone includes any park, playground, recreation center, library, school, daycare center, video arcade, swimming pool or wading pool, gymnasium, sports field, or sports facility and school or camp bus stops which are owned or controlled by the City of Attleboro. "The new language that is in the current version of the Child Safety Zone should protect …