#childmolestor | Winchester’s 2019 Halloween Sex Offender Safety Map

WINCHESTER, MA — Before kids go out trick or treating on Halloween, fall is a good time to take an inventory of who is living in your neighborhood. Winchester has one registered sex offender living or working in town, according to the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry.

The one person listed is classified as a Level 3 offender.

The Level 3 designation is reserved for the most severe offenders, according to the state’s Sex Offender Registry Board. These types of sex offenders pose a “high risk” to reoffend.

The offenders are not wanted by police, and it’s illegal to use the following information to commit a crime or engage in any discrimination or harassment against an offender.

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Law enforcement officials and researchers caution that the registries can play only a limited role in preventing child sexual abuse and stress that most perpetrators are known to the child.

The U.S. Department of Justice, which oversees the National Sex Offender Public Website, estimates that only about 10 percent of perpetrators of child sexual abuse are strangers to the child.

The Justice Department estimates 60 percent of perpetrators are known to the child but are not family members but rather family friends, babysitters, child care providers and others, and 30 percent of child victims are abused by family members. Nearly a quarter of the abusers are under the age of 18, the department estimates.

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