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(NECN) – A disturbing new report is shedding light on a troubling link: listed Massachusetts sex offenders living at the same address as a daycare. An audit of child care providers shows 119 cases where the address of a listed sex offender matches that of a licensed daycare. The department of early education and care is investigating each case and has already revoked four licenses.
The acting commissioner released a statement:
"The safety of children in licensed care is the department's top priority. EEC has already addressed the majority of the findings in the auditor's report, and is working to promptly resolve any remaining items."
We're joined now by the woman behind that investigation: Massachusetts state auditor Suzanne Bump.
What sparked this audit?
“It was a routine audit that we were doing of the department. We decided to focus on how well the agency was overseeing daycare providers to ensure that kids are safe in those facilities.”
What can we do going forward?
The public should be aware and ask questions.
There is no current requirement that EEC conduct any Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks of or matches of child care facility operators, workers, or people living in an at-home day care. But Bump says it was a failure on the part of EEC.
What about the people who should be overseeing sex offenders?
Watch the attached video for more.