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Sex Offender Tells His Story

A surprise visitor gave a different perspective on a controversial issue.

The public does not have to fear all Level 3 sex offenders.

That was the message delivered tonight by Richard P. Sease, a Level 3 sex offender from Grafton, who spoke during a meeting of residents concerned about sex offenders in town.

Sease said he lives quietly  in town and causes no problems. He said people might not like him, but they do not have to fear him.

The meeting, hosted by State Rep. George Peterson, R-Grafton, was inspired by concerns of residents over the recent actions of Brian Addeo of Grafton. Addeo, a Level 3 sex offender on lifetime parole on a variety of sex charges, removed his GPS monitoring bracelet and fled to Maine.

Residents have expressed concerns about the notification process and anger that Addeo was living in their neighborhood. They also questioned why Addeo was not in prison on the charges but instead was given lifetime parole, which requires him to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet.

Addeo was ordered to wear the GPS monitoring bracelet as a condition of parole, which he was granted April 29, 2010.

On that date, he pled guilty to a series of charges, including three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and four counts of statutory rape of a child.

The district attorney's office has said that a plea deal was struck in part because the victims were hesitant to testify. Peterson said that when victims refuse to testify, the case against the accuser weakens. 

In the legal system, the accused has the right to face their accusers. Residents questioned why children in particular could not deliver their testimony in a disposition or via closed circuit TV, methods the legal system does not currently allow. 

Sease said he understood residents' frustrations with Addeo.

"These guys hurt it for me,'' Sease said. 

He agreed with residents who expressed outrage that Addeo had been reportedly working in construction and home improvement. They questioned whether customers knew they were allowing a registered sex offender into their homes.

"I don't want this guy in my house,'' he said. 

Sease served time for assault with intent to rape and indecent assault and battery on a person 14 and older. The incident happened in 1993.

"I did something stupid, and I will live with it for the rest of my life,'' he said. He said he thinks about his crimes every day but "I paid my dues'' in the system.

Sease served additional time in prison after the 1993 crimes. He said he has written proof that the alleged victims in these later incidents lied.

He said that anyone who has served time for a sex crime is automatically listed as a Level 3 offender when they are newly released from prison. 

He said he lived in town without incident and under the radar prior to the sex offender registry that requires sex offenders  to register and for their identities and addresses to become public information.

"There are more sex offenders living in Grafton than there are police officers,'' he said. 

But until they are convicted, "you don't know who they are.''

Peterson, Police Chief Normand Crepeau and many residents in attendance said they respected the courage it took for Sease to address the audience. 

Crepeau also noted that is is against the law to harass, accost or otherwise take action against a registered sex offender. 

Read more about pending legislation to toughen sentences in tomorrow's Grafton.Patch.com.

Fatima July 08, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Richard Sease is a man to fear! Dont let him fool you, look up his criminal record. I cant believe that a Grafton Police officer would even give him credit for anything, He has has numerous restraining orders against him for harassing ex- girlfriends and has done jail time for breaking them. Look him up on the Grafton Daily and there are comments about what he did to return back to jail under a story about him being re registered.....
REALITY January 24, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Obviously someone is spending a lot of time wondering what Mr. Sease is doing. Maybe his ex girlfriends are harassing him? Maybe they know his past & want him to get in trouble?! There's a lot of what if's in the world!! If you decide to be in a relationship with someone "with a past", you must know all before getting involved. And, then after knowing everything, you still decide to have a relationship with said person, its on you. Maybe you shouldn't have gotten into a relationship with him and have your kids around him!!! Now, you want him to pay! WOW!!! For what? Being involved with you? I don't know whose worse, him or you!
Seriously!? April 05, 2012 at 04:57 PM
In response to "Reality", you really must not have a clue about this guy and what he is capable of, unless you are his mother. I was involved with Mr. Sease and when the relationship ended he still kept coming around. I live 70 miles away from him. He continually harrassed me and my children, got himself with my ex husband and his current wife, and created many legal issues for me. Mr. Sease is not a nice person. Not only did I endure alot of legal drama ( and still am), I have also had to deal with damage to my property and the property of my children. What good is a harrassment order when the person it is against doesn't seem to think that rules apply to them? Mr. Sease also has a few warrants but the Grafton Police didn't feel a need to change their website and let the general public know that. You want to real story, talk to me. Don't make assumptions about me or anyone else that dealt with Mr. Sease. The charges against him now are REAL and TRUE. He wasn't allowed to be in my area, but where was he arrested? Right down the street from my house. I suggest you get your facts straight. Mr. Sease is exactly where he belongs.
Seriously!? April 24, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I am pleased to announce that Richard Sease plead guilty to charges against him in the Easetern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, MA on April 18, 2012, and was sentenced to the Hampshire County House of Corrections for 18 months. Since time served was applied, his release date would be in August of 2013. At least for now, my family and I can rest a little easier knowing he won't be around to torment us. I would request that the Grafton Police Dept. update their information about Mr. Sease in order to keep the community that he resided in up to date.
REALITY July 05, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Seriously!? Sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders! Allowing a level 3 sex offender to be around and care for your children! I'm sorry it took you two to have problems for you to realize he was such a danger to you and your family!! I hope you use better judgement in your future

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