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Sexual Predator Bill to Be Refiled

By Sean Philip Cotter sean.cotter@bostonherald.comMay 24, 2019

Gov. Charlie Baker is refiling a bill that would toughen the civil commitment process for holding convicted sexual predators after they have served their time — after the current procedure took flak following the decision to free serial child rapist Wayne Chapman.

Baker’s bill would require a trial if someone who had been previously deemed a sexually dangerous person is found by psychological experts to be safe for release. Currently, if two independent experts find a civilly committed sexually dangerous person to be safe, the law requires that person to be freed without any further judicial proceeding.

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