Massachusetts, a sex offender’s best friend:
NEW BEDFORD – A high-level sex offender who recently moved to New Bedford has been arrested and charged with raping a 6-year-old boy in the public library, police said today.
Corey Saunders, 26, was arrested just after 5 p.m. Wednesday after allegedly assaulting the boy, police said. The suspect lured the boy away from the children‚Äôs section to a secluded area of the building, police said.
The boy‚Äôs mother was in another part of the library using a computer.
A librarian who became suspicious alerted the boy‚Äôs mother.
Once the mother and the librarian learned what took place, they called police. Police found Saunders near the library a short time later.
Police have surveillance video taken from inside the library, New Bedford police Lt. Jeffrey Silva said.
Saunders is charged with rape of a child by force, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and enticing a child. He is being held pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Feb. 7.
Saunders, who was convicted in 2001 of child rape and assault and battery on a child, is classified by the state as a Level 3 sex offender, considered the most likely to re-offend.
Just a reminder, by the way: public libraries are not day-care centers. They are no safer by themselves in the children’s room than in any other public place. Too often parents make this mistake. Creepy weirdos often hang out in libraries.
The news media ought to point this out in any coverage.
UPDATE: New details are in tonight and the story is sickeningly familiar. Once again, a Massachusetts judge has underscored the primitive and backward nature of our warped and thoroughly corrupt judicial system:
Moments after he allegedly attacked a 6-year-old boy in a library, New Bedford police arrested a registered level 3 sex offender who was sprung from jail just 14 months ago by a judge over the protests of three psychologists.
Saunders is a former foster child who was raised as a ward of the state since age 12, according to published reports at the time of his 1999 arrest. He was in an Attleboro foster home less than seven hours when he tried to rape a 7-year-old boy living there. The boy‚Äôs mother intervened and Saunders was arrested.
New Bedford police said two years later Saunders was convicted of indecent assault and battery of a child and attempted rape.
When he was set to be released in December 2006, prosecutors tried to get Saunders held as a sexually dangerous person. Three expert psychologists told Superior Court Judge Richard Moses that Saunders was an ‚Äúextremely sexually dangerous‚Äù predator, according to police.
Moses was appointed to the Superior Court in December 2003 under acting Gov. Jane Swift. A message left at a number listed for Moses was not returned. E-mails to the Executive Office of Public Safety were not answered.
We’re well aware of Swift’s dubious track record, but what about our current governor? Do you really think he would dare to reform the Bay State’s sick judicial system? Not bloody likely.
Any local talk show host not screaming about this Friday is a moron.