State police ripped for no alert on sex offender escape
March 18, 2011
Boston Herald, by O’Ryan Johnson and Laurel Sweet
Women and children’s advocates are outraged that it took state police five days to warn the public that a Level 3 sex offender the police considered a “serial rapist” and a “sexually violent predator” was on the loose.
“Given this person’s history, with the warning signs that he is going to re-offend, of cutting off his bracelet, we are surprised that it took five days for the public to be alerted so that they could help in the capture of this man,” said Toni Troop of Jane Doe Inc.
Brian M. Addeo, 32, a repeat sex offender, was on lifetime parole when he sliced off the GPS-monitoring bracelet Friday in a Home Depot parking lot in Tewksbury and fled. He was captured Wednesday night in Maine after five days on the run. State police only announced he had run less than an hour before announcing he had been caught.
State police spokesman David Procopio said troopers notified the public as soon as they saw fit, adding that troopers worked around the clock hunting Addeo. He said there is no evidence that Addeo re-offended while he was on the run.
“We stated that he’s a danger to the public, which is why we had our unit working around the clock, chasing down associates and family members and employing other investigative means that we don’t usually disclose,” he said.
Maureen Flatley, spokeswoman for Protect Massachusetts Children, a group that pushes for tougher prison sentences for sex offenders, said, “When someone like this is loose in the community, it is imperative that the information is shared with the community.” She added, “The bigger question is, why are we letting these guys out of jail? It doesn’t look like a bracelet is going to get the job done.”
Addeo was convicted of child rape in 2002. He later pleaded guilty in April 2010 to aggravated rape, indecent assault and battery on a person aged 14 or older and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. His victims — a mentally challenged adult woman and a teenager — were reluctant to testify at his trial, said Worcester District Attorney spokesman Tim Connolly, prompting the plea deal. Addeo was sentenced to 11 concurrent terms of six years, but because he’d been awaiting trial behind bars since 2004, he was credited with time served.
In addition to Addeo’s guilty plea, Connolly said prosecutors were able to have him placed on a lifetime of supervised parole on a GPS bracelet.
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