Arlington police have reported to the public a convicted level 3 sex offender, Richard Bursey Jr., who lives in the town, YourArlington partner Patch has reported.
Police said the notice has been released to increase community awareness, and residents may share or distribute this flier so long as the intent is not to harass, intimidate or otherwise engage in unlawful activity aimed at the sex offender. Town police have previously reported Bursey to the public. His conviction of adjudication occurred in 1991.
"The Arlington Police Department is committed to ensuring the safety of all citizens and to enhancing the quality of life in our community," Chief Juliann Flaherty said in a statement. "While the news of sex offenders in our community is alarming, we know that Arlington is a very safe community and that by disseminating this information we can prevent future acts of violence perpetrated against our citizens."
Massachusetts classifies convicted sex offenders into three categories according to their risk of reoffending. Level 1 sex offenders are those least likely to reoffend and information about them is not made public. Level 2 sex offenders are those at moderate risk of re-offending and information about these offenders is made available to residents by completing a request form at the Arlington Police Station.
Level 3 sex offenders are those who are at a high risk of re-offending. State law authorizes police departments to provide community notification of level 3 sex offenders to media outlets, schools, day care centers and other organizations and individuals.
This news announcement was published Saturday, May 21, 2022.
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