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Court: State Can Post Sex Offenders' Info Online


The state's highest court ruled Tuesday that the state's most dangerous sex offenders can be identified online.
NewsCenter 5's Jim Morelli reported that the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that Massachusetts citizens' right to know if a convicted sex offender is living in their neighborhood outweighs the offenders' right to privacy.
"We earnestly hope and believe that this will result in fewer victims of dangerous, sexual crime," said Gov. Mitt Romney.
For 14 months, Romney worked to get the names, addresses and pictures of Level 3 sex offenders on the Web. Level 3 offenders are considered the most dangerous and most likely to re-offend.
"This will allow people in our respective neighborhoods, cities and towns to determine whether someone who is dangerous predator is living near their school or near their home," said Romney.
Attorneys for convicted sex offenders opposed a graphic Web site and claimed it would violate their clients' right to privacy.
"Of course individuals have the right to privacy and personal liberty, and that right has to be balanced with the right of our society and our families to feel safe and secure," said Romney.
Relatives of Joanne and Alyssa Presti, a mother and daughter allegedly killed by a career sex offender, are pleased with the court's ruling.
"The fact that Massachusetts residents can now easily get access to the information of potentially dangerous sex offenders at any point, from any computer, when they need it, is great," said Joanne Presti's cousin, Marie Presti Cunniff.
Currently, 42 states post pictures of sex offenders online. In Massachusetts, there are approximately 975 sex offenders classified as Level 3 by the Sex Offender Registry Board.
 

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The Danvers Police will be happy........ they were one of the first to do that.

The big problem is now keeping thier records up to date. You know these perverts just clammer to the pd to update thier info.
 
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