Massachusetts Sex Offenders

Massachusetts Sex Offenders Law requires all sex offenders in the state to register with the State’s sex offender’s registry. The law classifies sex offenders in the Massachusetts into 3 levels:

  • Level 1 sex offenders

  • Level 2 sex offenders

  • Level 3 sex offenders

The classification depends on the degree of danger an offender poses to residents of Massachusetts. Level 1 sex offenders pose a low degree of threat to the public. They have a low risk of re-offending thus their information is only available to the requisite authorities.

Level 2 sex offenders have a moderate chance of re-offending. These set of sex offenders pose a moderate degree of threat to citizens of the state. Information on level 2 offenders is available to the public through the state’s registry.

Level 3 sex offenders are the most dangerous sex offenders in the state. They pose a high degree of danger to the residents of Massachusetts. You can get Information on this class of offenders through any local law enforcement agency or the online registry.

Duration of registration depends on the level of classification.

Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry

The Massachusetts Sex Offenders Registry is in charge of information on sex offenders in the state. The Registry makes sure the information maintained in their database is correct and up to date.

Massachusetts Sex Offender Facts

Facts

  • There are 3,713 registered sex offenders in Massachusetts

Top Offenses

  • Indecent assault and battery on child under 14 years of age
  • Indecent assault and battery on a person aged 14 or older
  • Rape and abuse of child
  • Open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior
  • Rape of child with force

Counties in Massachusetts with the highest number of offenders:

  • Worcester County
  • Hampden County
  • Suffolk County
  • Bristol County
  • Middlesex County
Zip Codes in Massachusetts with the highest number of offenders:
  • 01201
  • 01105
  • 02740
  • 02124
  • 01420
  • 02301
  • 01109
  • 02721
  • 01610
  • 02780
Nearby States:
Massachusetts Sex Crimes Requiring Offender Registration
  • Indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 265, § 13B (West 2008).

  • Indecent assault and battery on a mentally retarded person - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 265, § 13F (West 2008).

  • Indecent assault and battery on a person age 14 or over - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 265, § 13H (West 2008).

  • Rape - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 265, § 22 (West 2008).

  • Rape of a child under 16 with force - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 265, § 22A (West 2008).

  • Rape and abuse of a child - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 265, § 23 (West 2008).

  • Assault with intent to commit rape - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 265, § 24 (West 2008).

  • Assault of a child under 16 with intent to commit rape - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 265, § 24B (West 2008).

  • Kidnapping of a child under 16 - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 265, § 26 (West 2008).

  • Enticing a child under the age of 16 to commit a crime - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 265, § 26C (West 2008).

  • Enticing away a person for prostitution or sexual intercourse - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 272, § 2 (West 2008).

  • Drugging persons for sexual intercourse - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 272, § 3 (West 2008).

  • Inducing a minor into prostitution - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 272, § 4A (West 2008).

  • Living off or sharing earnings of a minor prostitute - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 272, § 4B (West 2008).

  • Second and subsequent adjudication or conviction for open and gross lewdness and lascivious behaviour (but excluding a first or single adjudication as a delinquent juvenile) - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 272, § 16 (West 2008).

  • Incestuous marriage or intercourse - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 272, § 17 (West 2008).

  • Disseminating to a minor matter harmful to a minor - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 272, § 28 (West 2008).

  • Posing or exhibiting a child in a state of nudity - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 272, § 29A (West 2008).

  • Dissemination of visual material of a child in a state of nudity or sexual conduct - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 272, § 29B (West 2008).

  • Possession of child pornography - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 272, § 29C (West 2008).

  • Unnatural and lascivious acts with a child under 16 - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 272, § 35A (West 2008).

  • Aggravated rape - MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 277, § 39 (West 2008).

  • Any attempt to violate any of the sections above.

  • A like violation of the laws of another state, the United States or a military, territorial or Indian tribal authority.

Information maintained in Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry

M.G.L.A. 6 § 178D (West 2008)

  1. the sex offender's name, aliases used, date and place of birth, sex, race, height, weight, eye and hair color, social security number, home address, any secondary addresses and work address and, if the sex offender works at or attends an institution of higher learning, the name and address of the institution;

  2. a photograph and set of fingerprints;

  3. a description of the offence for which the sex offender was convicted or adjudicated, the city or town where the offense occurred, the date of conviction or adjudication and the sentence imposed;

  4. any other information which may be useful in assessing the risk of the sex offender to re-offend; and

  5. any other information which may be useful in identifying the sex offender.

Community Notification and Websites

M.G.L.A. 6 § 178F 1/2 (West 2008)

• Any person who is 18 years of age or older and who states that he is requesting sex offender registry information for his protection or for the protection of a child under the age of 18 or another person for whom the requesting person has responsibility, care or custody shall receive at no cost from the board a report which indicates whether an individual identified by name, date of birth or sufficient personal identifying characteristics is a sex offender with an obligation to register, the offenses for which he was convicted or adjudicated and the dates of such convictions or adjudications.

Limitations on Residency or Employment

None

Duration of Registration

M.G.L.A. 6 § 178G (West 2008)

20 years for registrants not subject to lifetime registration.

Life for registrants:

  • With 2 or more sex offence convictions;

  • Convicted of a sexually violent offence;

  • That have been determined to be sexually violent predators; or

  • That the Sex Offender Registry Board has deemed a lifetime registrant.

What does a Sex Offender Look Like?

Most people think sexual predators are scary-looking and creepy. But three out of four adolescents who were sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well.

Most of the time, sexual predators look like regular people. Children and parents need to know and to understand that anyone can be a sexual predator, no matter how "normal" they appear.

Encouraging Children to Share

It isn't always easy to build a trusting relationship with your child. Trying to get your children to share what is going on in their lives can be difficult.

Building an open and welcoming environment from the beginning stages of a child's life is essential. Children are less intimidated and more likely to discuss issues and topics in their lives with an open and supportive environment.

Getting your kids to share serves as a building block for times when your child needs to discuss pressing issues like sex and sexual abuse.

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