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Level 3 Sex Offender Moves to Westwood

by Dave Atkins

A Level 3 sex offender has moved to Westwood. According to Westwood Police and the state sex offender registry board, Ralph A. Carlevale lives on Porter Street.

According to the state, Level 3 offenders have been determined to be at a high risk to reoffend and to pose a high degree of dangerousness to the public.

Based on a search of the online registry, Mr. Carlevale is the only registered Level 3 sex offender currently residing in Westwood.

The information in this post was verified with the registry at the link above and based on a flyer from the Westwood Police department. Personally, I have some reservations about these registries and the potential for a person to be unfairly treated based on preconceived ideas about what "sex offender" means. However, in this case, we are not talking about some guy who got arrested for some misunderstanding or prank. He was convicted twice: of rape and abuse of a child in 1971, and then forcible rape of a child in 1977.

Information contained in the Sex Offender Registry shall not be used to commit a crime against an offender or to engage in illegal discrimination or harassment of an offender. Any person who improperly uses Sex Offender Registry information shall be punished by not more than two and one-half years in the house of correction or by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by both such fine and imprisonment.