Sex offender and day care share same address in Winchendon


Another sex offender in Massachusetts whose past is not revealed on the state's web site is apparently living where there's another day care corporation registered, a FOX Undercover investigation has found, raising even more questions about how Massachusetts tracks sex offenders.

The discovery comes on the heels of the horrific case against Level 1 sex offender John Burbine, accused of abusing infants and toddlers he met through his wife's incorporated, but unlicensed child care business.

Like in Burbine's case, a member of the public looking up information about Luray Richardson's past on the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board's website would find no information.

Richardson is a registered sex offender in Florida, where he once lived. According to the state of Florida's sex offender website, Richardson was convicted in 1998 in Massachusetts of indecent assault and battery on a child and is now living in Winchendon.

There's no sign of him on the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board's website, and the board could not provide any information about him, meaning he hasn't been classified as either a high-risk level 3 or a moderate-risk level 2 sex offender.

Property records show Richardson owns a home on 70 Robbins Rd. in Winchendon, the same address where J & L Daycare and Preschool is registered with the Secretary of State's office. However, the business is not licensed with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, which licenses day cares.

In a statement, the child care licensing department says, "EEC has not issued a license to operate a child care program at 70 Robbins Road in Winchendon. There is currently an open investigation into whether unlicensed care is being provided at this address."

It was the same situation with Burbine's wife's business. Marian Burbine registered her business with the Secretary of State, but it was not licensed by the state regulators who oversee day cares.

In addition to his 1998 conviction, Richardson also settled a civil case in 1994 filed against him by his daughter, who accused him of "sexual assault and battery." He agreed to pay her more than $50,000.

Richardson also has a handyman business registered with the state along with Linda May, the woman who registered J & L Daycare and Preschool.

In a brief phone interview, May was asked about a sex offender living at the place where she has a day care. She said "totally bogus" and hung up the phone.

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