Friday, March 28, 2014

MA - Limiting where sex offenders live in Mansfield

Ronald Sellon
Ronald Sellon
Original Article

03/27/2014

By Susan Parkou Weinstein

Police Chief Ronald Sellon has submitted a Town Meeting article that would restrict where the more serious sex offenders could live in Mansfield.
- We are willing to bet he will be running for congress or similar office soon.

Sellon said the sex offender registration and residential safety zone would bar Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from living within a 1,000-foot buffer of places such as schools, daycare centers and playgrounds and better protect children, developmentally disabled adults and other vulnerable members of the local population.

"This is an effort to further safeguard people in the community," he told selectmen Wednesday night.

There are three Level 3 and 25 Level 2 sex offenders living or working in town who have registered with police as required by law. They must register every year and the information is public. But there are no restrictions barring them from living close to a school and similar locations unless there is a provision in their probation or parole, Sellon said.

Police have been checking the compliance status of the local registered Level 2 and 3 offenders and found one Level 2 not in compliance this week. That number may change in the coming weeks, Sellon said.

According to the state sex offender registry board, Level 1 sex offenders are the least likely to reoffend and do not pose enough danger to be named publicly.

Level 2 and Level 3 offenders are considered at moderate risk and high risk to reoffend, respectively.

A dozen cities and towns in the state have adopted the stricter laws.

Sellon said he was also looking into joining a regional team to locate sex offenders and take more aggressive steps to document their whereabouts.

Selectmen said they would support the article.

"This sounds like a great idea to me," Selectman Doug Annino said.


8 comments :

Lance Mitaro said...

"This is an effort to further safeguard people in the community,"

Wow, never heard that one before..

Sex Offender Issues said...

Amen!

NJ45143112 said...

I think the lesson we can all take from this is that very few laws, bills, ordinances and the like are scrutinized before they are passed. In most cases, it would seem that because somebody else did it, it must be OK since they must have checked the legal ramifications...
Then, when challenged, they get some bonehead like this Jared guy who then states that "well, we never really enforced it...it just looked good on paper...and, if it saves only one child...blah, blah"
City lawyers must be soiling their shorts right now knowing that Janice is on the job! Heck, if I'd known I could fail a test and get a job as a city lawyer, I'd have done it in a heartbeat!
More is the pity!

g4change said...

"Heck, if I'd known I could fail a test and get a job as a city lawyer, I'd have done it in a heartbeat!"
Priceless!!! Love this comment. The guy, indeed, is a flunky!

Mark said...

Well, shut my mouth Lance. The only thing Mr. Sellon is doing is looking to the future. Especially in Massachusetts with Mr. Sellon "safeguarding" you, and your terror to walk the streets where you reside so you enable a man like Sellon believing you are doing God and community a service because you, in all probability do not have little or no knowledge of what constitutes a sex offender, a predator, or a mentally abnormal sexual offender. It must be very easy for you to look at reality through the very thin reed you have for perception. A pity. By the way, I am a representative of "NO-FEAR."

Mark said...

"According to the lawsuit, the city’s ordinance goes beyond what is
contained in the ordinances of other cities by prohibiting sex offenders
from being on private property, such as arcades or movie theaters." You just can't make this stuff up! With all of the ills cities and towns are facing the panderers of POMONA have really tuned in to the nub of their community - didn't they? Hey Pomona, why not enact a city ordinance to prohibit sex offenders from breathing in public, or a violation of law if offenders happen to go to drug store to fill a prescription? Or better yet, hire secret star chamber assassins to do your bidding and this way, you all in POMONA can really focus on truly important matters of the city of POMONA. I have the feeling there is a lot of very sore backs in POMONA and nauseating accolades going around the office these days and sardonic smiles of a "job well done."

Justice for ALL said...

You are right about one thing Mark, Mr. Sellon is looking to the future.....of his career. That's all. Period. It has been shown repeatedly that these ordinances do everything BUT "safeguard" the people.

Sad part is people like Mr. Sellon prey on the fears of people like you, Mark, and would have you believe that all sex offenders are a threat. It simply isn't true. The reoffend rate throughout the country is less than 5.2%. Hardly something to assemble an ordinance over when you consider there are greater threats out there. Drunk drivers come to mind.

getting closer to the street said...

Not that it's caution will ease their minds and spirits , but where does parenting show confidence . I often wonderd, those of conviction do have rules of their own not to risk the chance of accusation or invade ones space, that has shown to be a common knolage with great success . Mr, Sellon's aggessive aproach to hunt past sex offenders where abouts ? If he wants to be such a do gooder he might want to walk the dark streets of the children herion addicts over doser's with a pocket full of the new antidote to really save kids lives . But hunting in that industry would be to dangerous and I'm sure he would agree .