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Sex offender now wearing GPS bracelet


A man who became the test case for whether a judge can force a sex offender on probation to wear a tracking device is now wearing a GPS bracelet.

Ralph Goodwin served almost 20 years in prison for the horrifying kidnapping and rape of a 7-year-old boy.
But despite objections from prosecutors, Goodwin hasn't been monitored by GPS.

Earlier this year, investigative reporter Mike Beaudet caught up with Goodwin in the Lowell neighborhood where the sex offender lives.

“The state considers you someone who's at a high risk to reoffend,” Beaudet told him.

“I'm not a high risk,” Goodwin replied.

“Do you think you should be monitored by GPS sir?”

“No I don't.”

But now the judge in Lowell Superior Court disagrees and has ordered Goodwin to wear a GPS bracelet.

Prosecutors say Goodwin hasn't been attending his sex offender treatment program, one of the requirements of his probation.

Goodwin is at the center of a case argued before the state's highest court which is deciding how much discretion judges have in ordering GPS monitoring.

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