Registered sex offenders are legally allowed to change their names in Massachusetts and 25 Investigates found the State Sex Offender Registry Board does not track how often this happens.
It turns out, neither do probate courts or law enforcement. Stanley, a Brighton man who has gained national attention for his futuristic idea called Transit X. Transit X used solar-powered pods that travel on a network of thin, elevated tracks 15 feet above the ground.
Stanley believes his company could revolutionize public transportation all over the world. It turns out Stanley was born Michael D.
He legally changed his last name in Essex County back in Stanley pleaded guilty, in , to four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 and served time in prison. When he got out of jail the sex offender registry board classified him as a Level 3 sex offender, considered most likely to re-offend. In a follow-up interview, Stanley told 25 Investigates he changed his name after he was released from prison because his sex offender status made it difficult for him to find a job.
The registry is one of the cruelest forms of shame and punishment that we can possibly have as a society. In the Commonwealth, anyone can go to probate court and request a legal name change from a judge. His former name Plusch is listed as an alias. Andy Harris, a professor at UMass Lowell, has been studying sex offender registries across the country. He said the point of the registry is to keep track of where offenders are living and working.
There are nearly Level 3 sex offenders in Massachusetts currently in violation.
We found that almost a third of them have multiple aliases. This information is available to both law enforcement and the public, regardless of whether they search by a current or former name. Stanley says he's stepped down as CEO of Transit X and is still hopeful that his vision to change the transportation world will succeed. I am so sorry for what had happened. Sign in using your wfxt profile Need a profile? Welcome back. Use another account. You're Almost Done! Click here for their contact information. If you agree to the above warning, click here for sex offender statistics.
A sex offender is any person who resides, works or attends an institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth and 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, For a listing of crimes that require registration as a sex offender please visit the Mass.
Sex offenders are classified by the Sex Offender Registry Board according to the degree of dangerousness they pose to the public and their likelihood for re-offense. There are 3 levels of sex offender in Massachusetts. The classifications are:. Where the Sex Offender Registry Board determines that the risk of reoffense by an offender is low and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public by that offender is not such that a public safety interest is served by public availability, the Board shall give that offender a Level 1 designation.
Information on Level 1 offenders will not be available to the public. Neither the police nor the Board have authority to disseminate information to the general public identifying a Level 1 offender.
We found that almost a third of them have multiple aliases. Create an Account - Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about. Information on Level 1 offenders will not be available to the public. Information about "Level 1" Sex Offenders or Offenders who have not been classified is not available to the general public. Not in Boston? If you are committed to change, you can work with professionals who can help you develop a plan that works for you.
Information identifying Level 1 offenders may only be given to the Department of Correction, any county correctional facility, the Department of Youth Services, the Department of Social Services, the Parole Board, the Department of Probation and the Department of Mental Health, all city and town police departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for law enforcement purposes.
Where the Board determines that the risk of reoffense is moderate and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a public safety interest is served by public availability of registration information, it shall give a level 2 designation to the sex offender.
The public shall have access to the information regarding a level 2 offender through the Local Police Department and through the Sex Offender Registry Board. Where the Board determines that the risk of reoffense is high and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a substantial public safety interest is served by active dissemination, it shall give a level 3 designation to the sex offender. The public shall have access to the information regarding a level 3 offender through the Local Police Departments and through the Sex Offender Registry Board.
The above information was gathered from the states official web page about Levels of Sex Offenders.