State Housed Displaced Children in facility with Convicted Sex Offender - Granite Grok

State Housed Displaced Children in facility with Convicted Sex Offender

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In desperate need of housing, a father and his two boys were placed in a facility by the state of Massachusetts. They’d recently escaped an abusive relationship and were, until then homeless. Thanks to the benevolent bureaucracy, their troubles were just beginning.

“…unbeknownst to the father, [their] friendly neighbor, Robert E. Lebaron Jr., was a registered sex offender with convictions that included child rape. In May, police arrested him on a charge of indecent assault and battery against one of the father’s boys.”

We’re from the government and we are here to help?

The alleged assault on his son is cited in a scathing new state audit, which found that the state’s housing department was not warning families and pregnant women when placing them in shelters where registered sex offenders were living or working.

This will be less of a problem in a few years when the Leftists recalibrate the idea of child sex offender as another lifestyle choice on the spectrum. The pedophiles have been after that for a while. In the meantime, we’ve got the benevolent government to protect us from harm until the harm becomes a right.

The report by State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump’s office found that the Department of Housing and Community Development from July 2016 to June 2018 didn’t routinely check the Sex Offender Registry Board before making emergency housing placements to determine whether offenders were staying there, even in shelters where families live in close proximity and share common areas.

The solution to which is, or will be, more bureaucrats. As with the RMV scandal that resulted in 7 dead after a multiple-vehicle collision in Randolph NH, the fix is more of what’s broken. The state takes on too much until it can’t even do the few things it might with at least some degree of competence.

Too bad there are no examples in the arc of human history where adding more bureaucrats solved any problem. Other than what to do with more of someone else’s money.

| Boston Globe (subscription)