Sex offender measure falls short
By David Kibbe
Standard-Times staff writer
January 11, 2009 6:00 AM
BOSTON – A last-minute push to make sure that sex offenders are classified for dangerousness before they are released from prison fell short in the waning hours of the 2007-08 state legislative session last week.
New Bedford officials have been calling for the change since Corey Deen Saunders was accused last January of raping a 6-year-old boy in a downtown library. Saunders had been deemed a Level 3 sex offender, the highest risk to reoffend, after completing his sentence in 2006 for molesting a 7-year-old Attleboro boy.
It was later revealed that Saunders had not been classified for 10 months after his release from prison because his Level 3 classification was under appeal….
If I understand the time line correctly
1) Convicted of raping a 7 year old boy.
2) Entire 5 year prison sentence served.
4) More than a year passes while he is free.
5) “allegedly” rapes a 6 year old boy.
…and he’s not on the sex offender registry? I understand that we have an appeal process, but a lot of time has elapsed since his rape conviction. This is really bothersome. I couldn’t find the roll call for this. If anyone can, please post the link. Thank you.