Published December 14, 2012
A sex offender in Massachusetts was found to be living in the same home as a registered daycare center, raising questions over how the state tracks offenders, Fox affiliate WFXT reported.
Luray Richardson, who lives in Winchendon, Mass., is a registered sex offender in Florida, where he once lived. According to the state of Florida's sex offender website, Richardson was convicted in 1998 in Massachusetts of indecent assault and battery on a child.
But there is no information about Richardson on the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board website, according to the station, and property records show he owns a home at the same address where J & L Daycare and Preschool is registered with the Secretary of State's Office.
In a statement provided to the station, the child care licensing department says, "EEC has not issued a license to operate a child care program at 70 Robbins Road in Winchendon. There is currently an open investigation into whether unlicensed care is being provided at this address."
The discovery comes on the heels of another case in which a Level 1 sex offender, identified as John Burbine, was accused of abusing infants and toddlers he met through his wife's incorporated, but unlicensed child care business.
Burbine's wife, Marian, registered her business with the Secretary of State, but it was not licensed by the state regulators who oversee day cares.