Top Stories 2012: Sex Offender's Return Stuns Grafton

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Brian Addeo re-registered as a Level 3 sex offender in Grafton in 2012.
Brian Addeo re-registered as a Level 3 sex offender in Grafton in 2012. Photo Credit: Grafton Police

GRAFTON, Mass. – The most commented-upon story on The Grafton Daily Voice in 2012 was the release of Level 3 sex offender Brian Addeo, who landed on the state's most wanted list after cutting off his GPS monitor and fleeing the state in 2011.

Addeo's return to Grafton came as a surprise to many. In January, Addeo was given a reduced sentence by Worcester Superior Court Judge James R. Lemire after a finding that his April 29, 2010, sentence of lifetime parole supervision was not allowed. Upon Addeo's return, Lemire readjusted his sentence to 10 years of supervised parole with a mandatory GPS monitor, despite pleas for continued monitoring by the Worcester County District Attorney's office.

Addeo had been convicted of raping six different people in three separate incidents in Upton and Northbridge that included charges of aggravated rape (with a knife), kidnapping, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; unnatural rape of a child under 16 (four counts with four victims) and multiple counts of indecent assault and battery; and rape of a child.

Addeo was not the only Level 3 offender to register in Grafton this year. In April, Roger Lee Edmonds was added to the Grafton Police's registry, followed by Brandon Rezuke in December.

The Grafton Daily Voice is tallying the top 10 stories of 2012 this week.

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bribrow. Are you kidding me? ARE YOU KIDDING ME???

Drug dealers kill more children per year than sex offenders. Drunk drivers kill more children per year than sex offenders. Abusive parents kill more children per year than sex offenders. Crazy people with guns kill more children per year than sex offenders. HOW COME THERE IS NO REGISTRY FOR THOSE PEOPLE? Because registries don't work. They are a violation of privacy and the constitution. Even Germany wouldn't deign to have a sex offender registry.

And drug dealers, parents whose abuse kills their children, and crazy people using guns to murder children are all usually in jail for life, or dead by the time the cops show up. Drunk drivers don't prey on children when they get behind the wheel. Part of the evil of a sex abuser's crimes is that their victims have to live the rest of their lives with the scars. I want to know if that guy is in my neighborhood. I want the FREEDOM to teach my children to steer clear of a known danger. Commission of certain crimes removes the normal entitlement to privacy ... it's called consequence.

What is your point? Do you think that sex offenders should be protected?
We are not talking about drug dealers, drunks, or abusive parents. We are talking about people who rape and sexually abuse our children and other people. I for one think I have every right to know if a sex abuser lives anywhere near me. Why would anyone in their right mind want to protect those kind of people. They should be locked up for the rest of their lives. Once a sex abuser always a sex abuser! It is a mental illness that seems to be untreatable. Don't you read the paper and watch TV.

If the male rapist marries the women victim everything is OK.

Depends on the country.

You can say what you want about the Arabs, but in most Arab countries repeat sex offenders are put to death.