• 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.

    "Speaker DeLeo is shocked and saddened by the arrest and horrifying allegations surrounding the Wakefield sex offender," DeLeo's spokesperson said in a statement. "In the coming days, Speaker DeLeo will meet with law enforcement from the affected communities and give serious consideration to the bill in question as well as other options to address these types of sickening crimes."

    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.


    Information from: Boston Herald, http://www.bostonherald.com

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