On September 10, 1999, a new law pertaining to the Sex Offender Registry and Community Notification Act became effective in Massachusetts. The new law revamped the old Sex Offender Registry and Community Notification Act and made several significant changes. The Arlington Police Department now allows residents of Arlington to obtain specific information regarding the Massachusetts Sex Offender's Registry.
· Obtaining Information
· Location Map
· Related Links
As of 4/8/04 The town of Arlington has registered:
Level 3 3
All information provided to the public will include language prohibiting the misuse of sex offender information for harassment or discriminatory purposes. All records of inquiry will be kept confidential, except to assist or defend in a criminal prosecution.
NOTE: Any information provided by either this police department or the Sex Offenders Registry Board will be limited only to offenders who have been finally classified by the Board as Level 2 or Level 3 offenders or Sexually Violent Predators . The law prohibits the Board and police departments from disseminating any information on a sex offender who has not been finally classified by the Board or who has been finally classified as a Level 1 offender.
You must be a resident of Arlington to obtain information through this online program. All other requests must be submitted at the Arlington Police Station in person.
What ia a Sex Offender?
A sex offender is any person who resides or works in the Commonwealth and who has been convicted of a sex offense, or who has been adjudicated as a youthful offender or as a delinquent juvenile by reason of a sex offense, or a person released from incarceration or parole or probation supervision or custody with the department of youth services for such a conviction or adjudication, or a person who has been adjudicated a sexually dangerous person or a person released from civil commitment on or after August 1, 1981.
Sex offenders will be classified according to the degree of dangerousness they pose to the public and their likelihood for re offense. An offender's classification will be:
· a Level 1 or "low risk" offender,
· a Level 2 or "moderate risk" offender, or
· a Level 3 or "high risk" offender.
In addition, if the Board, in finally giving an offender a Level 3 classification, also concludes that such sex offender should be designated a Sexually Violent Predator, the Board shall transmit a report to the sentencing court explaining the Board's reasons for so recommending, including specific identification of the sexually violent offense committed by such sex offender and the mental abnormality from which he suffers. The sentencing court shall then have the ultimate decision to determine whether such sex offender is a sexually violent predator.
Obtaining Information About Sex Offenders Living/Working In Your Community
Any member of the public who is at least 18 years of age or older may request sex offender information. The information will be provided to any person who is seeking the information for his/her own protection or for the protection of a child under the age of 18 or for the protection of another person whom the requesting person has responsibility, care, or custody.
If you are a resident of Arlington, to obtain information about a registered sex offender please, go to the [ http://www.framinghampd.org/sor/main.htm ]location map page. Click on the area of the town you are interested in. Once there, look for a marker and place your cursor over it to see the exact location. For level two offenders, you will be then taken to a form that you must print out and submit at the police station [ http://www.framinghampd.org/admin/fpdrec.htm ]records bureau. If you are requesting information about a level three offender, you will be taken to an online form. You will be required to input the specific location you are interested in, as well as your information. After completion of the form, and your information is verified, you will be emailed back specific information about that offender. This can take anywhere from 48 hours to seven days, depending on the current volume level.
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY INFORMATION SHALL NOT BE USED TO COMMIT A CRIME OR TO ENGAGE IN ILLEGAL DISCRIMINATION OR HARASSMENT OF AN OFFENDER. ANY PERSON WHO USES INFORMATION DISCLOSED PURSUANT TO M.G.L. C. 6, §§ 178C – 178P FOR SUCH PURPOSES SHALL BE PUNISHED BY NOT MORE THAN TWO AND ONE HALF (2 ½) YEARS IN A HOUSE OF CORRECTION OR BY A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1000.00) OR BOTH (M.G.L. C. 6, § 178N). IN ADDITION, ANY PERSON WHO USES REGISTRY INFORMATION TO THREATEN TO COMMIT A CRIME MAY BE PUNISHED BY A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100.00) OR BY IMPRISONMENT FOR NOT MORE THAN SIX (6) MONTHS ( M.G.L. C. 275, § 4).