TELL US: Should Level 1 Sex Offender Information be Public?

A Wakefield tutor who faces numerous child sex charges was a Level 1 sex offender.

News spread quickly through the region yesterday about the indictment of a Wakefield couple for numerous charges stemming from an illegal day care operation where graphic child sexual abuse occurred.

, which offered tutoring and day care.

Burbine was a level 1 sex offender, which means he had been convicted of a sex-related crime but was deemed among those least likely to re-offend.

Sex offenders are classified according to the degree of dangerousness they pose to the public and their likelihood to re-offend. A Level 1 offender has been classified as a “low risk.” A Level 2 offender has been classified as a “moderate risk.” A Level 3 offender has been classified as a “high risk.”

Once an offender is classified as a Level 2 or a Level 3 Offender, his/her sex offender registry information will be available to the public. Level 1 information is not public.

Does this case affect how you feel about the Sex Offender Registry? Would releasing more information about all levels of sex offenders prove helpful? Or, do you think level 1 offenders don't deserve to have their information made public? Tell us in the comments.

Amy December 08, 2012 at 02:00 PM
All sex offender listings should be public. Sadly though it would include the 18 to 20 year old guys that were lied to by teenaged girls about their ages. If this animal in Wakefield was registered all those families that he abused wouldn't be living through the hell they're living through right now. These kids were all under 3 1/2 - Really?? How disgusting and sick! And how sad for all involved. Those families will never be the same - but there will still be molestation out there because the perverts can hide it and get away with it.
Sex Offender Issues December 08, 2012 at 07:59 PM
No. No sex offender should have their information public, it only leads to vigilantism, and the number of vigilante cases is rising. http://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com/2007/09/human-rights-issues.html The public has proven it cannot handle the information, besides, if one group is singled out, we should do the same to all other criminals, put their names on the online shaming hit-list as well. Fair is fair, right? http://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com/2010/03/hey-politicians-why-are-you-wasting-all.html
Jay Whitmire December 09, 2012 at 02:58 AM
There's an infamous case in North Carolina known as the Little Rascals Daycare case. Check it out, I see a lot of similarities. Basically, the operators and employees were accused of everything from sexual abuse to ritual bay killing (of course there were no actual victims of the baby "killing"). All "evidence" was from the children at the daycare after therapists "helped" the children "remember" the abuses. In the end, all the convictions were reversed. Despite there being no evidence beyond the "refreshed" memories of some very young children, juries just took the children at their word. It's been demonstrated multiple times that adult eye witnesses are unreliable. It's also been shown that children often get confused and are very suggestible. I hope this didn't happen, and I hope the police take their time and make decisions based on evidence not public pressure.
Robert Curtis December 09, 2012 at 04:00 AM
There are nearly a million sex offenders out their if one gets out of line it's on national news. This is an isolated incident. Take a million random citizens and see how they measure up against those on the registry. I bet those on the registry would have far less offenses. The Department of Justice 2011 report states that 95% of new offenses are by those without a recorded history of sexual violations. That being said you better keep an eye on old uncle Bill, aunt Sally or neighbor Bob. Truth!!


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