Lawmakers back changes to sex offender laws


BOSTON (AP) - A state budget amendment aims to make it easier to reclassify registered sex offenders.

The measure was proposed in response to the arrest last year of John Burbine, a convicted sex offender from Wakefield, on charges he sexually abused children at his wife's unlicensed day care.

Burbine had been registered as a Level 1 sex offender, a classification given to those considered least likely to re-offend. The names of Level 1 sex offenders are not routinely made available to the public.

The amendment added to the state budget now on Gov. Deval Patrick's desk would allow the Sex Offender Registry board to reclassify an individual based on new information it receives, but without the need for a new conviction.

The measure also calls for enhanced sharing of information between law enforcement agencies and the registry.


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