Boston To Ex-Sex Offenders: Register Or Be Outed


About 800 convicted sexual predators Boston police believe are living in the city beneath their radar are being offered a one-time, one-week grace period to reveal themselves or be outed on the Internet, the Boston Herald says. “This is not about cutting a sex offender a break,” acting Police Commissioner James Hussey said yesterday. “What this is is helping us get information so we can share it with the public.”

The first-of-its-kind amnesty, which targets those persons who have never signed up with the state’s 2-year-old Sex Offender Registry Board, will be in effect from tomorrow until Dec. 12. “When they haven’t voluntarily complied,” Hussey said, “we are going to seek warrants for them. And when we have those warrants, we are going to get their photographs and put them on our Web site so people will know who they are, where they are and that we’re looking for them.”

Police, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley and state Secretary of Public Safety Edward Flynn decided on the grace period, said Hussey, because, “If we can do this through voluntary compliance, if we can get 100 people out of those 800 to come in and comply, that’s 100 people we in the police department and you in the public don’t have to worry about.”


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