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UPDATED: Principal: Report of Registered Sex Offender Near School, Bus Stop

One of Framingham's elementary school principals sent out an alert to parents that there was a report of a registered sex offender near the school.

Updated: With information from Framingham Police

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Hemenway Elementary School Principal Lucia Laguarda sent out an alert to parents this afternoon that there was a report of an "individual that was suspected of being a registered sex offender waiting at the bench located between the Heritage House and Hemenway School."

The principal told parents that the "location is a public bus stop and it is within the legal distance of the school, if in fact it is this individual."

The K-5 elementary school principal told parents in her alert she has asked the Framingham Police safety officers to follow up with school administration on the report.

Framingham Police Lt. Ron Brandolini said there was a report of a "level 3 sex offender on that bench in the morning," from a citizen.

He said Framingham Police will be "monitoring" the area, although "there is no evidence that the man on bench was a sex offender nor that he did or was doing anything wrong."

"We would like to suggest your continued support with communicating to your children about safety issues outside of school particularly if they are ever approached by a stranger. We will continue to work together on keeping all kids safe," emailed the principal.

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Editor's Note: Thanks to the parents who forwarded the message to Patch. Parents can email Framingham Patch anytime at susan.petroni@patch.com or text us at 508-202-5597.

Cheryl Temple May 15, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Framingham's bylaw apparently states a "safety zone" from schools, elderly complexes, etc. Will someone please clarify, is this defined by the building or the grounds (i.e. in the case of both properties, I think the 300 feet applies re: the bus stop location being accessible if "school" and "elderly complex" are defined by the building...but would not apply if the grounds are taken into account (and in the case of the school, "places where children congregate" must surely include the school grounds, right?) Just looking for some clarification on this. And, hoping that the sighting was inaccurate...although it seems in Framingham, there are sex offenders (registered and unregistered) on every corner, more than any other nearby town or city that I know of...
Tori McCuen May 15, 2013 at 12:18 PM
It seems to me that even if this is not a registered sex offender that this law is woefully inadequate in protecting both the children and the parents who walk those children to school. There are woods behind both Hemenway and Heritage as well as the old railroad bed. Why is a sex offender allowed to sit on a bench within arms reach of children as they walk to school?
Alison Quackenbush May 15, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Looking at the photos in the link provided by Patch, the man I saw sitting on the bench as I drove by at around 9am yesterday (see my above comment) is not one of them. I suspect this was a false alarm.
Susan Petroni May 15, 2013 at 10:11 PM
UPDATED Report Framingham Patch posted at 1 p.m. Wednesday -- http://framingham.patch.com/articles/police-man-reported-near-school-was-not-a-registered-sex-offender
Rwat May 20, 2013 at 01:19 PM
@Michael. Apparently you haven't checked the sex offender registry lately. There are no woman on there. Shocking I know!

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