Indecent Assault and Battery

When it comes to physical contact between two individuals, it is important to recognize that personal boundaries should be respected at all times, and failure to respect personal space, especially private areas and sexual organs, may result in criminal charges against individuals who behave in an inappropriate manner.

When it comes to children, it is especially important for adults to understand the natural boundaries that should exist between minors and adults, and any type of inappropriate touching, groping, or sexual contact may result in felony charges of indecent assault and battery. If you have been accused of a serious sex-related crime, contact the Massachusetts sex crimes defense attorneys at 508-343-0676.

Consequences of Indecent Assault and Battery

If an individual touches a child under the age of 14 in an inappropriate manner, he or she may face consequences including:

  • State imprisonment for up to 10 years if the assault did not include other criminal acts like breaking and entering or kidnapping
  • Imprisonment in a house of corrections for up to 2 ½ years
  • If the assault included other criminal acts, the individual may face imprisonment for life or any term deemed appropriate by the judge and jury (not less than 10 years)
  • Following release from prison, the individual may be required to register with the state’s sex-offender registry

As with many other types of crimes, repeat offenders will typically face even more serious penalties for repeat infractions, and judges and prosecutors will typically pursue sex offenders with particular aggressiveness.

Contact Us

If you or someone you love has been charged with indecent assault and battery, contact Massachusetts indecent exposure defense lawyer James Powderly at 508-343-0676.


Interview with a Former DUI Client