Sex Offender Registry Update and The Good Samaritan Bills

Sex Offender Registry update

By District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller

Since 2005 I have provided attendees of Main South’s National Night Out the opportunity to look at the photographs and descriptions of convictions of Level 3 sex offenders who live or work in Worcester. This year’s event was no exception.

I have updated my book of Worcester’s Level 3 (high risk) Sex Offenders as published on the Massachusetts State Sex Offender Registry. The information was provided by the Registry on July 31, 2009. The Registry states on its web page ‘… the risk of reoffense is high and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a substantial public safety interest is by active dissemination ….’

Attendees at the National Night Out had the opportunity to look through the book. My intention is that as a result of making this information readily available that families will sit together and talk about the threat of sexual crimes. Sexual crime is a fact of life and the Level 3 book shows that in living color. The book, while dramatic, only shows the photos of those who have been caught and convicted. We know that there are many who have escaped the law. Families and friends will do well to think and talk about how to avoid being a victim and what to do if they are.

The statistics:

1. In 2005 Worcester had 71 Level 3 high risk unduplicated sex offenders. This year we have 171 – a 141% increase in 4 years.

2. All are male, except for 1 female. The vast majority are listed as White.

3. 68% have been convicted of at least one offense involving a child under the age of 14 years.

4. 53% live in District 4.

5. Ten (10) Level 3 offenders are listed as in violation; 7 are listed as homeless.

6. The PIP, 701 Main Street, is the address for 8 Level 3 offenders. It is owned by P.I.P. Foundation Inc. The next highest number of Level 3 offenders at one address is 18 Clifton Street which lists 4. This building is owned by Michael Pastyrnak of Boylston.

7. The youngest is 20 years old; the oldest is 76.

8. The longest time since the last offense is 32 years (1977); the shortest time is 1 year (2008).

Sex offenders cannot be reliably profiled by physical description. We must protect ourselves by being informed, teaching our children how to be safe, and advocating for increased accountability for sex offenders. National Night Out 2009 is playing a role in making that happen.

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On the 911 Good Samaritan Bills

By William Breault

The so-called harm reduction policies of our public health leadership
serve to camouflage their aggressive actions for acceptance and normalization of illegal drug
use. These policies continue to politically validate anti-social behavior at the taxpayer’s expense
and all the while the death toll keeps mounting. Harm-reduction is a failed policy–responsible
addiction is an oxymoron- the figures show that addiction harm has not been reduced, but rather
increased. It is important for communities to understand that the battle against drugs must include
a battle against those that wish to normalize/legalize them.

The 911 Good Samaritan Bills focus solely on the drug addicts and not on the quality of life for
those that do no harm- our neighborhoods. Drug addiction continues to be the greatest source
of neighborhood degradation and real harm reduction policies would focus on quality of life for all.
instead current harm reduction policies do nothing for the taxpayer except empty their pockets.

In 2001, New Mexico passed legislation legalizing the use of Naloxone and legislation that dealt
with medical liability by releasing those involved with the prescription and administration of the
drug from liability. In 2007, the legislature enacted the “911 Good Samaritan Law,” which
provides limited immunity for those who seek help for an overdose victim. The law protects
those seeking help for the overdose victim, by disallowing prosecution based on the evidence
gained through the overdose incident.

Naloxone is being distributed at so-called pilot sites, Boston, Cambridge, North Shore, and New Bedford
Cape Cod and North Hampton. Narcan is a prescription drug intended to be administered by health
professionals. Addicts who are revived via Narcan need to be monitored for serious and life-threatening
side-effects for some time after delivery.

We continue to believe that the best policy for reducing drug abuse and drug overdose is to focus
our dollars and expertise on getting people off drugs and in recovery-treatment on demand with
aggressive outreach and follow through. If we spend as much time, energy, and money on getting people off drugs as we have on addiction accommodation we most certainly would see a significant drop in
drug use and overdose deaths.

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