BOSTON (AP) — A prosecutor says authorities did not have a way to alert the Sex Offender Registry Board of a Wakefield man accused of sexual abuse of 13 babies and toddlers.
Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone told the Boston Herald (http://bit.ly/Vvc9HB ) he did not notify the board about John Burbine, who was investigated in 2005 and 2009. He was indicted on nearly 100 counts of sexual abuse.
Burbine could have been raised to a higher classification than Level 1 sex offender status if prosecutors alerted the board to past sex-abuse allegations. Level 1 offenders are considered the least likely to re-offend.
Following a July court ruling, the board is prohibited from reclassifying sex offenders at a higher level without a new conviction.
Leone said the DA’s office has no formal mechanism to alert the board.
Information from: Boston Herald, http://www.bostonherald.com