The Department understands the concerns and fears of our citizens regarding a level three sex offender living across the street from the Quinn Middle School. We take these matters very seriously and we want our residents to know that we are monitoring this area with extra patrols, especially when school is in session, but most importantly, during the times when the children are arriving in the morning and leaving at the end of the school day. We are required by State Law to make a community notification of any level 3 sex offender that resides or works in the Town.
Unfortunately we cannot control where a sex offender chooses to live as we do not have a by-law that restricts it. This is a very complex legal issue and we have asked legal counsel to review it to see what the Town’s legal options are. Attached to this article is a link where the Massachusetts Superior Court struck down the City of Lynn’s ordinance regarding where sex offenders can reside. The Court called their ordinance unconstitutional. This ruling may have had an impact on other jurisdictions that have a similar by-law or ordinance. https://www.aclum.org/news_7.18.14
We are carefully reviewing our options as to how we should proceed to ensure that we do not violate anyone’s civil or constitutional rights. We will work diligently with the Town’s legal counsel to explore what options are available to us and to see if a by-law can be enacted that will not be ruled as unconstitutional by the courts.
Hudson Police Department
Level 3 Sex Offender Community Notification
Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 6 ss178C-178P, the individual who appears on this notification has been designated a Level 3 Sex Offender by the Sex Offender Registry Board. The Board has determined that this individual is at a high risk to reoffend and that the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a substantial public safety interest is served by active community notification. This individual is NOT wanted by the police.
Name: Arthur Whitney
AGE: 65 RACE: W SEX M HEIGHT 5’11” WEIGHT 195 HAIR BROWN
Live, Work, Other:
L 11 Lake Street. Hudson.
RAPE AND ABUSE OF CHILD
INDECENT ASSAULT AND BATTERY ON CHILD UNDER 14 YEARS OF AGE