A city of Lawrence Police Officer was recently arrested on Sex Crimes Charges arising out of an incident in Florida.
Lawrence Police Officer Carlos Gonzalez was arrested last week by Andover Police while attending classes at the Massachusetts School of Law on sex crimes allegations that he committed a sexual assault on a child between the ages of 12 and 18; and serving alcohol to a person under 21.
Detectives from Florida traveled to Massachusetts to issue the arrest warrant on the Lawrence police officer. He was arraigned in Lawrence District Court on a fugitive from justice warrant.
A conviction for most sex crimes will have everlasting and life altering consequences. Even if a defendant can escape jail time from a sex offense conviction, he would not be able to escape the Sex Offender Registration requirements.
There are 3 levels of sex offender classification: Level 1, considered low risk to re-offend and for which there is no dissemination to the public; Level 2, considered to be a moderate risk to re-offend and for which there may be some dissemination to the public; and Level 3, considered to pose a high risk to re-offend and for which there is extensive dissemination to the public.
How long a person convicted of a sex offense would have to continue to register depends on a number of factors, but generally, those convicted of a single sex offense and most juveniles will typically be required to register for 20 years from the date of conviction or release from custody.
A sex offender may apply for termination of the registration requirements 10 years from teh date of conviction or release from custody, but must prove, by clear and convincing evidence, that he/she has not committed any new sex offenses and is not likely to pose a danger to the community.
Those persons who have 2 or more sex offense convictions, however, or those that are considered to be 'sexually violent predators', would likely be subject to lifetime registration.