Sex offender faces probation hearing for saying hi
Friday, May 11, 2012
A Level 3 sex offender in Andover is scheduled for a probation violation hearing
after police discovered he helped a 10-year-old boy recover a lost hockey puck and said hello to another child on a public street.
57, was convicted in May 2008 of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, according to his profile
on the state website that tracks Level 3 sex offenders. Placet was sentenced to what the Eagle-Tribune calls
“a two-year committed term” and five years of probation.
Placet is one of two Level 3 sex offenders living in Andover. Level 3 is the designation given to those sex offenders considered most likely to reoffend.
Placet’s lawyer, John Swomley
, describes Placet as “a model probationer.” While acknowledging the terms of Placet’s probation bar him from contacts with children, Swomley said “there is no allegation that Mr. Placet posed a risk to either of the children he interacted with.”
The report out of Andover comes at a time when state and local oversight of sex offenders is coming under increasing scrutiny. CommonWealth
, in a story
on “society’s lepers” in its recent issue, reports that many who treat sex offenders say the state’s regulatory oversight does more harm than good because it leaves the offenders jobless and homeless and more likely to reoffend.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts is challenging
in court a Lynn ordinance that bars sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school, park, or other private or public recreational facility. The ACLU says the ordinance is so broad that it that it basically prohibits sex offenders from living in Lynn.
“What our experience with this type of ordinance has been is that it undermines public safety,” said the ACLU’s John Reinstein
. “You don’t want recidivism, that’s the entire goal, and what homelessness and pulling people out of a stable environment does is increases their risk of [reoffending].”
But others worry the state’s oversight of sex offenders is not vigilant enough. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled this week
that a Level 3 sex offender named David Gangi
must be released from prison and not given an indefinite civil commitment because he was held for evaluation beyond the allowed 60 days due to a legal mixup. The Eagle-Tribune
, in an editorial
, said Gangi’s case shows the threat of sex offenders is not being taken seriously. --BRUCE MOHL BEACON HILLStan McGee
, the Beacon Hill aide who quit the state’s gambling commission this week, is welcome to take his old job back
. The Globe reports
that Gov. Deval Patrick
said the controversy over McGee’s short-lived appointment created “distractions” from the work of the commission. The paper also says administration officials were furious with state Treasurer Steve Grossman over his public call for McGee to step down.
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, the Eagle-Tribune reports
.Cambridge City Manager Bob Healy
doesn’t retire until next year, but the Cambridge Chronicle reports
that the jockeying to be his replacement has already begun. City managers in Lowell and Billerica
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While Gov. Deval Patrick
said he was proud of President Obama’s open support for gay marriage
, he is not in agreement with his friend’s position that it should be left to states to decide. Greater Boston ponders the political ramifications
of the president’s new public stance while Dan Kennedy
says of course it’s political but that doesn’t make it any less historic
The House backs off
a bid to de-fund minority voting rights enforcement, after a fiery speech from Rep. John Lewis
Prominent executives are mobilizing
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The Weekly Standard
touts its “exclusive” interview with John Wolfe Jr
, a Tennessee lawyer challenging Obama in some southern Democratic primary, who says he’s not on board with same-sex marriage. It’s the “exclusive” part that makes us chuckle, though.The Washington Post
does an exhaustive analysis
of Mitt Romney’s years at a prep school in Michigan
that included harassment of a student who at the time was presumed to be homosexual. The story was not placed in the print edition of the Post
on the same day that President Obama
came out in support of gay marriage, the Huffington Post reports
. Slate asks
, does it matter if Mitt Romney
was a high school bully?
The Globe says Romney
will face a challenge in figuring out how to much to promote his opposition to same-sex marriage, a stand that provides both politically opportunity and risk.
Elizabeth Warren goes on the defensive again after news reports reveal that she was listed as a minority in a University of Pennsylvania report.BUSINESS/ECONOMY
A Braintree woman who sued Bank of America
over a travel company’s credit card scam destroyed her credit dropped her claim after the banking giant removed the charge and restored her credit
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. Time reports
the firm lost $2.3 billion on some sort of investment that was designed to reduce the firm’s risk. Even with the loss, which JPMorgan’s CEO called “self-inflicted,” the company is still expected to make $4 billion in after-tax profit
this quarter, the Wall Street Journal reports
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on the obscene excesses of executive indulgence at Liberty Mutual
-- though he suggests this may be the final installment on the topic. At least for now. EMC buys an Israeli competitor
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The Lynn Item analyzes
the city’s new school bus contract
, which budgets nearly $562,000 for transporting students to and from school and athletic events and $3.5 million for carrying special ed students to 43 different out-of-district locations, some as far away as Rockland and Randolph
Less than half of Massachusetts eighth graders scored proficient or above on a national science exam
, but that was good enough for the state to come in second nationally, WBUR reports
Boston officials are investigating
a possible “irregularity” in MCAS testing
at an Allston elementary school.
The Ford Foundation
has announced a $50 million effort to institute longer school days
in some of the nation’s poorer school districts.
The American Spectator
has a not-so-flattering look at St. Louis’ charter school movement
, claiming one-third of that city’s charter schools have failed academically and financially but says that’s the way it’s supposed to work, with bad schools closing, unlike regular public schools where they keep the doors open no matter what.
More tales are emerging from parents
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legislators are hoping to lure
renowned specialty hospitals to locate near the state’s southern border as part of an effort to lure patients from Massachusetts.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
vetoes a bill that would have created a state health insurance exchange, Governing reports
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, a drug which prevents AIDS.TRANSPORTATION
House members of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee pass legislation requiring Massport to take over the MBTA’s commuter ferry service
and pay the transit agency $20 million to purchase boats, piers, and parking lots, the Globe reports
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, among the busiest small airports in the country with 66,000 landings in 2010, was awarded a $3.65 million grant for safety improvements
from the federal Department of Transportation
Silicon Valley considers personal rapid transit
, what Governing calls
a Jetson-style idea that uses an elevated rail system that emulates the automobile.
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who was hit by a train while pulling her passed-out owner from the train tracks in Shirley. Vet bills will come to about $15,000, but $40,000 has been donated so far, the Lowell Sun reports
Sen. John Kerry
sent a letter to the Ecuador ambassador
to the United States saying he was “deeply disappointed” officials in that country did not extradite a man
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the yard of an alleged Connecticut
gangster looking for paintings stolen from the Gardner Museum
, but only find guns. Cape Cod filmmaker Daniel Adams
has been sentenced to prison for up to three years for tax fraud
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