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Amherst police issue sex offender notification

Police have issued a notice about a Level 3 sex offender living in Amherst.

Joshua David Berins, 51, of 272 Lincoln Ave., is described as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds, with graying hair and hazel eyes. He is employed as a farm worker.

Berins was convicted in 2002 of purchasing or possessing child pornography, dissemination of matter harmful to minors, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, and rape of a child.

Berins is not wanted by police. Police are required by law to notify the community of all registered Level 3 sex offenders living or working in the town. Level 3 sex offender classification means the individual is determined by the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board to have a high risk of committing similar offenses.

— SCOTT MERZBACH

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