Where are these sex offenders? He lives in Lowell. Where, no one is quite sure. Patricio is among 10 Level 3 sex offenders in the city registered as "homeless.
The 16 sex offenders must reconfirm their residency status with police every 30 days. We do not have field staff, so we rely on the local police to keep track of the offenders to the extent they are able to. Those with fixed addresses must reconfirm their location once per year during the month of their birthday. Laurie Myers, a Chelmsford resident and president of Community Voices, a victim advocacy group, calls the "homeless" designation a loophole for offenders looking to avoid harassment where they live.
Advertisement "In my experience the reason they list themselves as homeless is so they don't have to register their real live addresses," she said. What we need to do is set up a tip line for people to call these people in; right now there is nothing.
It's a huge hurdle," she said. I don't know if anyone would want to be classified as a homeless sex offender, honestly. One of her clients found himself with nowhere to go when released from prison because his only living relative, his mother, lived in elderly housing and he could not stay with her.
Ten are listed as homeless, second only to Boston among Massachusetts' cities and towns. Boston, whose population is six times that of Lowell's , residents, reports level 3 sex offenders living or working in the city, 22 as "homeless. There are also 88 offenders in violation of the law, meaning they have not properly registered with police or they are not living where they say they are. In Lowell, Worcester, Brockton, Springfield and the commonwealth's other major cities, homeless offenders are not required to provide a specific location.
The homeless designation means they can sleep or reside anywhere without being in violation of the law. Boston's homeless sex offenders are not simply classified as "homeless. Boston Common, the block of Mass Avenue, etc. But, the Boston strategy is not effective, according to Sgt. This leaves the whereabouts of more than 20 percent of Lowell's most-dangerous sex offenders unknown.
They do not lock up all the sick people anymore. Forgione, chair of the Pawtucketville Citizens Council, said she fears there will be more incidents if sex offenders are not better monitored. Andrew Burke, 21, was arrested for the crime. Police said he was homeless and on probation for making lewd comments to teenage girls in Centralville in February and exposing himself to two girls in December and January Unfair to the residents of Lowell?
Will what happened to the runner happen again? In recent years, some staff at Lowell's Pollard Memorial Library have complained about Level 3 offenders spending time at the library.
In March, as city councilors debated library safety, a Level 3 sex offender who had failed to register with police was arrested on the library's third floor. A registered sex offender was also arrested at the library in July for violating his probation after a librarian spotted him in the children's section removing an electronic device meant to track his movements. Frank Rouine, who heads the department's Family Services Unit, said he "could not discuss our investigative methods, nor can I offer an opinion about the current regulations.
The penalty for subsequent offenses is a state prison term of five years, followed by community parole supervision for life.
How do you prove the offender is not homeless? But their hands are tied, he said. In the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled homeless sex offenders could register their address as a shelter even if they only stay there sporadically, due to the transient nature of homelessness and difficulty of getting a bed in some shelters such as Boston's Pine Street Inn, which use a lottery system to fill their beds nightly.