A sex offender who admitted molesting three nine-year-old girls has landed a job giving him access to dozens of homes, a FOX Undercover investigation has found, a questionable arrangement that might be explained by allegations the man who hired him is facing.
Michael Plusch is a Level-3 sex offender, meaning the state believes he is at a high risk to re-offend, yet that designation hasn’t stopped him from working as an apartment superintendent in Hull.
Plusch, a former Wellesley resident, was sentenced to 18-months in jail after pleading guilty in 2010 for indecent assault and battery. He now has to wear a GPS bracelet as part of his probation.
“I'm thinking that's not a great place for him to be working,” said Debbie Savoia of Voices, which represents victims of sexual abuse. “I mean he has access to these apartments. He has access to be around kids. He's dangerous.”
Plusch wasn't happy to see FOX Undercover and at first refused to answer questions; however, after being pressed for information he spoke up.
“Is it appropriate to go to a McDonalds? Is it appropriate to walk on the sidewalks where there's people? Is it appropriate to have a life?” Plusch replied. “It's okay to harass and demean and to make it where you have a scarlet letter for your entire life.”
Plusch went on to tell FOX Undercover that he believes the government should do away with the sex offender ratings, as well as the public notification aspect of the law. He feels he should be spared the “harassment” because he has completed the punishment for the crimes he committed.
Plusch wouldn’t say how he found the job except to say, “it's based on the generosity of some people that really understand how the system is really against humanity, is against people trying to have a second chance at their life.”
The office manager for the Hull apartments where Plusch works, Donna Capone, says Plusch “paid his debt to society and he was a very highly intelligent man. He needed a break.”
Capone insists Plusch does not have free access to people's apartments, saying residents are notified he'll be coming into their homes and that Plusch must sign out the key from her.
The man whose choice it was to hire Plusch is William Kelley, the owner of the apartments. Kelley wouldn't talk on camera, but he may be sympathetic to Plusch because of his own criminal case.
Kelley is facing 12 counts of indecent assault and battery on people under and over the age of 14. He has pleaded not guilty. His trial is set for February.
The office manager said one tenant did move out after learning Plusch is a sex offender, but says other tenants don’t mind him being there. She also says there's only one child who lives in the complex, but other tenants tell us there are other children who stay there regularly when they're visiting a divorced parent who lives there.