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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2240         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1493

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Brian R. Mannal, (BY REQUEST)

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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 protection of children.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Brian R. Mannal

2nd Barnstable


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2240        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1493

By Mr.  Mannal of Barnstable (by request), a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1493) of Brian R. Mannal relative to the penalties for indecent assault and battery on a minor.  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 protection of children.
 

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

              SECTION 1. Chapter 265 of the General Laws, as most recently amended by chapter 205 of the Acts of 2008, is hereby amended by striking out section 13B and inserting in place thereof the following: -

              Section 13B. Whoever commits an indecent assault and battery on a minor under the age of 14 shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 10 years, or by imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 2½ years. A prosecution commenced under this section shall neither be continued without a finding nor placed on file.             

              In a prosecution under this section, a minor under the age of 15 years shall be deemed incapable of consenting to any conduct of the defendant for which such defendant is being prosecuted unless: (a) The defendant is no more than 3 years older than the minor; or

              (b) The defendant is no more than 2 years older than the minor if the minor is under 12 years of age.

              Notwithstanding the provisions of section 54 of Chapter 119 or any other general or special law to the contrary, in a prosecution under this section in which the defendant is under 17 years of age at the time of the offense, the commonwealth shall only proceed by complaint in juvenile court or in a juvenile session of a district court.

              SECTION 2. Said chapter 265, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out section 23 and inserting in place thereof the following:-

              Section 23. Whoever has sexual intercourse or unnatural sexual intercourse with a minor under 16 years of age and: (a) The defendant is more than 4 years older than the minor, or (b) The minor is under 15 years of age and the defendant is more than 3 years older than the minor; or (c) The minor is under 12 years of age and the defendant is more than 2 years older than the minor, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for life or for any term of years, or, except as otherwise provided, for any term in a jail or house of correction, provided, however, that a prosecution commenced under this section shall not be placed on file or continued without a finding.

              Notwithstanding the provisions of section 54 of Chapter 119 or any other general or special law to the contrary, in a prosecution under this section in which the defendant is under 17 years of age at the time of the offense, the commonwealth shall only proceed by complaint in juvenile court or in a juvenile session of a district court.

              SECTION 3. Section 4 of chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby repealed.

              SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

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