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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 664         FILED ON: 1/14/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1527

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Shaunna O'Connell and James J. Dwyer

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to the prevention of child sex abuse.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Laurie Myers

Community VOICES (president)

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Robert L. Hedlund

Plymouth and Norfolk

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

Joseph DiPietro, Protect Mass Children

1150 Walnut Street

John P. Fresolo

16th Worcester

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Marc T. Lombardo

22nd Middlesex

James R. Miceli

19th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 664        FILED ON: 1/14/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1527

By Representatives O'Connell of Taunton and Dwyer of Woburn, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1527) of Shaunna O'Connell, James J. Dwyer and others relative to the penalties for sexual abuse of a child under the age of 13.  The Judiciary. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to the prevention of child sex abuse.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Chapter 265 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 23, the following new section:-

              Section 23 ½.

              (a) Whoever unlawfully has sexual intercourse or unnatural sexual intercourse, and abuses a child under 13 years of age, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for life or for any term of years, but not less than 25 years. The sentence imposed on such person shall not be reduced to less than 25 years, or suspended, nor shall any person convicted under this  subsection be eligible for probation, parole, work release or furlough or receive any deduction from his sentence for good conduct until he shall have served 25 years of such sentence.

              (b) Whoever is convicted of a second offense of this section shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for life or for any term of years, but not less than 40 years. The sentence imposed on such person shall not be reduced to less than 40 years, or suspended, nor shall any person convicted under this subsection be eligible for probation, parole, work release or furlough or receive any deduction from his sentence for good conduct until he shall have served 40 years of such sentence.

              (c) Whoever is convicted of a third or subsequent offense of this section shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for life. No person convicted of a third offense of this section shall be eligible for parole.

              Prosecutions commenced under this section shall neither be continued without a finding nor placed on file.

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