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Gov. Patrick says sex offender info should be public


BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Deval Patrick says he continues to support making the identities of lower-level sex offenders available to the public following charges against a Wakefield man accused of sexually abusing 13 infants and toddlers.

John Burbine of Wakefield was classified as a Level 1 sex offender after being convicted in 1989 of indecent assault and battery on a child. Level 1 offenders are considered the least likely to re-offend. Prosecutors said Thursday that Burbine abused more than a dozen children through a child care service operated by his wife from 2010 to 2012.

Legislation Patrick filed last year would have made information on Level 1 offenders available to the public instead of just the police, but the bill never came up for a vote.

Patrick on Friday reiterated his support for making Level 1 identities public.