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Concerns Continue Around Level 3 Sex Offender Hanging Around Town

Sightings around schools and soccer fields are unsettling to some, but police say the Waltham man has served his time and has the right to be here.

In response to frequent inquires and sightings of a Level 3 sex offender in various places around town, Lexington Police recently circulated the Waltham man’s detail flyer to Lexington Center businesses, schools, the town’s Recreation Department and other organizations.

Reported sightings of William Lafauci around Center Field prompted the Lexington United Soccer Club to include a note about it in a Sept. 15 memo about player safety. And then on Tuesday, the Bridge School's PTA sent an email to parents reporting Lafauci approached two kids on their way to Bridge Elementary School, WBZ reported Sept. 25.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story attributed the letter to the Lexington Public Schools. That has been corrected after Patch reached out to Superintendent of Schools Paul Ash. You can find the full text of the letter below.

According to police Lafauci is known to ride his bicycle into Lexington Center and hang around the area, sometimes watching soccer games and practices. And these things are all within his rights, police said.

The 57-year-old Lafauci has multiple convictions for open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior and one for indecent assault and battery on a child younger than 14 – all from the 1990s. However, having served his time, Lafauci does not have restrictions that preclude him from spending time around town, or around people, for that matter, police said.

According to the WBZ report, some communities place limits on how close sex offenders can be to schools and parks, and the fact that Lexington does not have such a law is unsettling for some parents.

 “Do we really want to wait for an event or do we put something in place?” one parent reportedly asked the news station.

WBZ also reported that Lafauci told the station he has gone through counseling, he has "cleaned up his act in the last 20 years and that being a sex offender is like 'wearing a Scarlet Letter.'”

Here's the text of the PTA's letter:

Staying Safe and Informed:

Over the past few weeks, a Level 3 sexual offender has been seen in various places in Lexington: at Starbucks, Dunk'in Donuts, the ball field, etc.  Yesterday morning two Bridge students were approached on their way to school (on Spring Street) by this man. The mother of one of the children caught up to the kids, recognized the person, and wrapped up the conversation.

Although the man has done nothing illegal and, according to the Lexington police "there are no legal restrictions on the person in question", we did want you to be aware that he has approached Bridge students and engaged them in conversation. The Lexington Police are aware of the situation and will investigate any claims of wrongdoing, but want citizens to know that, "It is very important for police officers and local citizens to refrain from saying or doing anything that may violate another person's civil rights."

In light of this situation, Principal Colella has been in contact with her staff and has suggested that Open Circles take place concerning what students should do in the event that a stranger approaches them and stranger safety in general.

We are also exploring various avenues and/or programs that could be presented to the school community to further educate and safeguard our students. As a family, you may want to discuss stranger safety and what to do in such situations.

Attached is a link to the State's public information on this individual. Please read it to stay informed.  We hope that this information is useful to ensure the safety of Bridge students and to quell any rumors.  

Justine Wirtanen and Rebecca Moore
Bridge PTA Co-Presidents 

vahall September 27, 2012 at 08:45 AM
Sounds like the Lexington Police are well informed and conscientious about protecting an ex offender's civil rights while acknowledging the concerns of the community -- sounds like that principal needs to know that the recidivism rate of sex offenders is approximately 5%. Let's not perpetuate the stranger danger myth, Ms Colella. Most child abuse (94%) is perpetrated within the victim's family or close social circle.
Aron Levy September 27, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Well said, vahall. Second chances exist for a reason.
Ben September 27, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Do you seriously think his "second chance" should include "engaging children in conversation?" There is no doubt that this behavior is related to his past problems. There is no reason at all why, in order to live his life, hold his job, etc., he needs to actively "engage" with random children. The town needs to give its officials more tools to deal with this kind of behavior much as other towns have done, and it will. No one is saying he can't live, work, or shop where he wants to given he has served his time. But behavior that is odd in any adult, let alone one with a record, needs to be monitored and controlled, or there will be a next victim.
Frampton September 28, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Are you crazy?
Vicki HEnry September 28, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Did the PTA also ask the parents to "self-report" and sexual abuse going on in the home of the children they are wanting to much to protect? Probably not, even though there and within the family environment is where 95% of sexual abuse originates. Better to stalk someone who has paid their debt to society than educate parents and kids about the "real monsters!" Vicki Henry Women Against Registry dot com
Vic October 01, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Vicki I pray none of your children are ever victims of these animals. You need a better pasttime than trying to help rapists and child molesters.
Adrock October 02, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Take it from someone who knows of this individual personally as well as his history... this guy is nothing shy of a menace, the reason he has ventured into your town is due to the fact that several local establisments in waltham have no trespass orders against him for numerous reasons that certainly fall within the realm of indecent behavior!!! I can tell you that the people in the neighborhood where he lives in Waltham are beyond fed up with his antics, he decreases the overall value of an otherwise friendly and quiet neighborhood. He causes disturbances in the neighborhood regularly and more often than less the Police are involved, he has been taking into custody several times in just this past year. Trust me when i say he has not been reformed in any way, and if you are fool enough to believe any of these people are reformed I feel sorry for you... Once you cross the line and hurt a child you should be removed from the gene pool... I realize all the bleeding hearts think we can reform molesters, rapists, and murderers with cookies, milk and a hug!!! Then again our complete failure of a judicial system wants to allow tax payer dollars to fund a sex change for a muderer that decapitated his wife... Here is a thought for people like Vicki henry...If you are so confident that this individual, or any sex offender for that matter, is reformed then maybe you can help them out by hiring them to babysit... Fool!!!
karma October 02, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Having worked as a Correctional Officer, no, they are never rehabilitated. The jail is just a slap on the wrist, and a revolving door for them, besides free room and board, and guaranteed safety from inmates who have kids of their own, but feel for some reason that sex is not normal to have with a child. Like how I feel. When our nation will finally wake up and figure out that their just a bomb waiting to hurt, or kill again, will be a great day ! Instead of wasting money to house and protect them, we should be helping the children who go to bed hungry ! Put them in with the general population in prisons, and jails, and God will weed them out naturally.
LoisLain October 03, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Your numbers are skewed towards the general sex offender population, rather than child molesters in particular. This study is about child molesters specifically and shows rates of recidivism in the 40-50% range after 10 years: http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/res/rcd.html I wonder what the rate rises to after 20 years? 30? What rate of recidivism is acceptable when a child's life is at stake? If you're going to use statistics to back your claim, at least use accurate ones.
Ben October 03, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Your comment about "self-reporting" has nothing to do with anything in this case.
Aron Levy October 04, 2012 at 03:39 PM
No, Frampton. I'm not crazy. I believe the man served his debt to society, and deserves a chance to prove himself. But keep making this man's life more miserable. He certainly hasn't suffered enough.
Aron Levy October 04, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Ben, it is sad that talking to random people, even children, is considered 'odd' in this day and age. It's called being friendly and genial. And according to the police, he IS being monitored.
Ben October 04, 2012 at 05:05 PM
He blew his chance at being trusted around children a long time ago. He's on his fifth chance now. Does anyone seriously believe his motivations are safe and normal now? How many convictions would it take before all could agree that there's something wrong with this person and he can't be trusted to have another chance? Ten? Twenty? Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice...
LEXMINMAN October 06, 2012 at 12:30 AM
ARON, DO YOU HAVE CHILDREN? EVIDENTLY YOU CARE MORE ABOUT THIS CHILD MOLESTERS RIGHTS THAN THE CHILDRENS LIVES HE HAS RUINED OR WILL POSSIBLY RUIN. YOUR COMMENT ABOUT TALKING TO CHILDREN IS ODD! IT'S JUST NOT APPROPRIATE TO RANDOMLY WALK UP TO CHILDREN YOU DO NOT KNOW AND STRIKE UP A CONVERSATION! I'M GLAD THERE'S SO MANY CONCERNED PARENTS TO KEEP AN EYE ON INDIVIDUALS LIKE THIS! THANK GOODNESS FOR THE LEXINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR ACTUALLY CARING AND BEING AWARE OF INDIVIDUALS LURKING IN LEXINGTON.
Some Guy October 08, 2012 at 01:22 AM
I don't know about throwing chum into the general population, but I'm all for life sentences on the first offense, unless or until some miracle of medicine allows us to identify and rewire the parts of the brain that lead to this kind of behavior. In the meantime, they're just not fixable.
Chet October 13, 2012 at 04:48 PM
It looks like Aron just likes to argue. You should clean up your own mess rather than worry about another one.
Steve O October 23, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Yeah it's not like he stole loads of money from someone who trusted him

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