Massachusetts Laws on Statutory Rape

Statutory rape is a term used to describe sexual relations that occur between two individuals when one participant is under the age of legal consent, meaning he or she is unable to legally consent to the behavior. The term “statutory rape” is not a legal term. In the state of Massachusetts the term “rape and abuse of a child” is the legal term most commonly used when discussing statutory rape.

Because these laws vary from state to state, Massachusetts has a unique set of laws associated with the age of consent. If you have been accused of committing a sex crime, in the state of Massachusetts it is important you have the support and assistance of a legal professional. Contact Massachusetts sex crimes lawyer James Powderly at 508-343-0676 today to speak to an experienced attorney about your options.

Statutory Rape and Child Rape in Massachusetts

Within the state of Massachusetts parents are legally responsible for the welfare, protection and control of their children until the children reach age 18. This means any minor under the age of 18 is not legally able to consent to sexual activity. Furthermore, it is illegal for anyone over the age of 18 to have sexual relations with someone under the age of consent. Massachusetts General Law states:

“Whoever induces any person under 18 years of age of chaste life to have unlawful sexual intercourse shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than three years or in a jail or house of correction for not more than two and one-half years or by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by both such fine and imprisonment.”

If the child is under the age of 16 there are specific laws against the “rape and abuse of a child” which call for a more severe punishment. If convicted of raping and abusing a child under the age of 16 you could face a lifetime prison sentence.

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Being charged of committing statutory rape is a serious accusation that can come with lifelong consequences. That is why it is so important to get the support of an experienced professional. If you or someone you care about has been accused of committing a sex crime contact the Massachusetts statutory rape defense lawyer James Powderly today at 508-343-0676 to get the assistance you need and deserve.


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