Information contained in the Sex Offender Registry shall not be used to commit a crime against an offender or to engage in illegal discrimination or harassment of an offender. Any person who improperly uses Sex Offender Registry information shall be punished by not more than two and one-half years in the house of correction or by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by both such fine and imprisonment (MGL Ch 6 § 178N). In addition, any person who uses Registry information to threaten to commit a crime may be punished by a fine of not more than $100 or imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 6 months (MGL Ch 275 § 4).
What is a Sex Offender?
A sex offender is any person who resides, works or attends an institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth and who has been convicted of a sex offense, or who has been adjudicated as a youthful offender or as a delinquent juvenile by reason of a sex offense, or a person released from incarceration or parole or probation supervision or custody with the department of youth services for such a conviction or adjudication, or a person who has been adjudicated a sexually dangerous person or a person released from civil commitment on or after August 1, 1981.
For a listing of crimes that require registration as a sex offender please visit the state's Who Has to Register page.
Sex offenders will be classified according to the degree of dangerousness they pose to the public and their likelihood for re-offense. An offender's classification will be:
a Level 1 or "low risk" offender,
a Level 2 or "moderate risk" offender, or
a Level 3 or "high risk" offender.
Obtaining Information About Sex Offenders Living and Working In Your Community
Any member of the public who is at least 18 years of age or older may request sex offender information. The information will be provided to any person who is seeking the information for his/her own protection or for the protection of a child under the age of 18 or for the protection of another person whom the requesting person has responsibility, care, or custody.
Sex Offender Information Available from the Dover Police Department
A person may request sex offender information for the town of Dover, by going to the Dover Police station. After presenting proper identification, the requester must fill out a sex offender request form containing:
The name and address of the requester.
Information may be requested in the following manners:
Inquire whether a specifically named individual or a person described by sufficient identifying information to allow the police to identify the individual is a sex offender; or
The requester may inquire whether any sex offenders live, works or attends an institution of higher learning within the town of Dover at a specific address, including, but not limited to, a residential address, business address, school, after school program, day care center, playground, recreational area or other identified address; or
The requester may inquire whether any sex offenders live, works or attends an institution of higher learning at a specific street address within the town of Dover; or
The reason for the request.
The date and time of the request.
If the request results in the identification of a sex offender, the police will distribute the offender’s name, home address, work address, the name and address of the institution of higher learning where the sex offender works or is enrolled as a student, age, sex, height, weight, eye and hair color, the sex offenses committed and the dates of conviction and/or adjudication and a photo of the offender, if available.
The information will be provided free of charge.
All information provided to the public will include language prohibiting the misuse of sex offender information for harassment or discriminatory purposes.
All records of inquiry will be kept confidential, except to assist or defend in a criminal prosecution.
The police will not release information identifying the victim by name, address or relation to the offender.
For copies of the form to request sex offender information from the Dover Police Departments please click the here.
How to register as an offender
Offenders can print out this form, or retreive a copy by going to their local police department, and mailing it back to the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board.
Can be found at the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board website.