Baker appoints new sex offender registry board chair

by: Matt Murphy – State House Press Service

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BOSTON, Mass. (SHNS) — Governor. Charlie Baker filled the vacancy atop the Sex Offenders Registration Board on Thursday by appointing the agency’s general counsel as the new chairman, replacing the man Baker installed in early January as Suffolk County prosecutor .

Megan McLaughlin, a former state and county attorney, takes over as chair of the SORB, which is responsible for maintaining the state’s sex offender registry and ranking convicted sex offenders based on their risk of recidivism and the potential threat to the public. Baker said McLaughlin, who joined the agency in 2020 as general counsel, will benefit from her “significant legal expertise.”

“Her impressive career as a prosecutor and her oversight of complex cases involving human trafficking and child abuse make her well qualified to serve as Chair of the Sex Offenders Registration Board,” Baker said in a statement. communicated.

McLaughlin is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and received her law degree from the University of Suffolk in 2007. Prior to SORB, she worked as the Chief of the Major Crimes Division for the Attorney General and as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County prosecuting crimes. against children.

In January, Baker turned to former SORB president Kevin Hayden to fill the remainder of U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins’ term as Suffolk County prosecutor after Rollins was confirmed to head the office. of the Massachusetts federal prosecutor. Hayden is one of several candidates running for a full four-year term as district attorney in the county that includes Boston.

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