Measure would make names of lower-level offenders public
Area lawmakers are backing a move to dust off a bill that would make public the names of lower-level sexual offenders in the wake of a case where a convicted sex offender is charged with more than 100 counts of molesting 13 infants and toddlers.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, announced this week that he would re-evaluate a bill introduced by Gov. Deval Patrick last year that would expand the public release of sex offenders’ names.
“That bill should have gotten out of committee,” said state Sen. Jim Timilty, D-Walpole, who chairs the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. “That information should be made readily available.”