New bill could prompt seizure of child predators' property
(MyFoxBoston.com) -- A bill introduced in the Senate would allow prosecutors to go after the computers, cell phones, cars, and homes of child predators convicted on child pornography and enticement charges.
Lawmakers looked to update the current bill following the case of John Burbine, a Wakefield resident and Level 1 sex offender accused of raping 13 children who he and his wife babysat in their home. The case is also prompting lawmakers to reform the Sex Offender Registry Board, reports The Enterprise.
Under the current state law, prosecutors can seize the assets of defendants convicted on controlled substance or human trafficking defense, but not child pornography.
Connecticut and 21 other states have similar laws in place.