Mass. Supreme Court Rejects GPS for Freed Sex Offender

Posted on September 17th, 2010 No Comments

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Friday that judges cannot force new probation restrictions on sex offenders unless they violate their original probation conditions.

The state’s highest court upheld a lower court decision rejecting a request to require Ralph Goodwin to wear a global positioning system monitoring bracelet and to bar him from schools, libraries, playgrounds, and parks. Goodwin was convicted of raping and kidnapping a  7 year-old boy from Lowell in 1990. After serving his prison term and civil commitment, Goodwin was released on probation in 2009.

The court voted 4-3 to uphold the lower court’s findings that there was no substantial change in Goodwin’s circumstances to justify adding probation conditions. The dissenting judges found that requiring a probationer to wear a GPS device as an added probation condition is not punitive.

If you need help in the realm of Massachusetts sex crime law, please contact Massachusetts sex crime lawyer James Powderly at 508-343-0676.

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