Wayne Chapman has been arrested for indecent exposure in addition to other crimes of a sexual nature, just after two forensic psychologists determined that he was no longer sexually dangerous. Chapman was arrested at MCI-Shirley prison for instances of indecent exposure, lewd, wanton and lascivious acts and open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior reports Fox Boston. The incidents occurred on June 3 and 4.
Mass Live reported on June 4 that Chapman was due to be released despite the belief that he “attacked at least 100 children.” In 1975, Chapman was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the rape of two boys in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Chapman is also a suspect in the disappearance of Andy Puglisi.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Chapman Has Said That He Does Not Consider Himself to Be Pedophile
According to release documents, Chapman was interviewed twice at MCI Shirley by examiners Gregg Belle and Katrin Rouse Weir. The interviews were done separately and lasted around one hour each. When Belle asked if Chapman thought about reoffending, the pedophile replied, “on occasion, but rare.” Belle asked if Chapman considered himself a pedophile, Chapman replied, “Depends on whose definition. In my definition, no.” Rouse Weir said that Chapman weighed around 300 pounds and struggled to speak.
2. Chapman’s Prison Sentence Ended in 2004
Fox Boston reports that Chapman’s prison sentence ended in 2004 but that he has remained in custody as authorities decreed he still posed a threat to society. The decision to release Chapman reads:
As both qualified examiners concluded he was no longer sexually dangerous, the lawyers representing the Commonwealth … recognized that Chapman is entitled to be released according to the laws of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth has correctly acknowledged that the statutory and regulatory requirements governing Chapman’s release have been complied with and petitioners have not presented any information to the contrary.
You can read the full decision here:
3. Governor Charlie Baker Is Trying to Get a New Law Passed That Will Stop Offenders Like Chapman From Being Released
Speaking to the media the day before Chapman was arrested for indecent exposure, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said that new legislation is being drafted to prevent people like Chapman from being released in the future. Mass Live quotes Governor Baker as saying, “We now have a Supreme Judicial Court decision that basically says Wayne Chapman’s rights under the current law would permit him to be released. That obviously speaks to current law, which is obviously a big part of the problem.”
4. Chapman Has Not Been in Sex Offender Treatment
Documents in Chapman’s case say that since he arrived at MCI-Shirley in 2015, he has not been in sex offender treatment. In Belle’s decision, he admits that Chapman’s risk of reoffending is not zero. Belle writes, “Mr. Chapman absolutely cannot be in an environment with access to children and he is likely exaggerating some of his physical and cognitive limitations.”
5. Chapman Was Accused of Indecent Exposure in March 2018
Fox Boston reports that Chapman was accused of indecent exposure by a nurse at MCI-Shirley in March 2018. In that incident, a nurse said that she found Chapman lying with his genitals exposed in bed. Chapman had ripped off his adult diaper and taken his blankets off. In June 2018, the Boston Herald reported that Chapman had been found in possession of a receipt for a boy’s wallet.