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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2217         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2198

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

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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 safety of children.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Marc T. Lombardo

22nd Middlesex

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

4th Hampden

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Daniel K. Webster

6th Plymouth

Donald H. Wong

9th Essex

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Steven L. Levy

4th Middlesex

Bruce E. Tarr

 

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2217        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2198

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2198) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr., and others relative to the penalties for sexual offenses against certain minors.  The Judiciary. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to the safety 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. Section 178E of chapter 6 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (e).

              SECTION 2. Section 178E of chapter 6 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (f).

              SECTION3. Section 178G of chapter 6 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the words “sexually violent predator,”, the following language:- “or has been convicted of the rape of a child pursuant to section 22A or 22B of chapter 265,”.

              SECTION 4. Chapter 265 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking section 22A in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

              Section 22A. Whoever has sexual intercourse or unnatural sexual intercourse with a child under 16, and compels such child to submit by force and against his will or compels such child to submit by threat of bodily injury, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for life or for any term of years, but not less than ten years. Prosecutions commenced under this section shall neither be continued without a finding nor placed on file.

              SECTION5 . Section 22B of chapter 265 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended in clause (f) by striking out, each time it appears, the number “15” and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the following number:- “20”.

              SECTION 6. Section 22C of chapter 265 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended in the first paragraph by striking out, each time it appears, the number “20” and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the following number:- “30”.

              SECTION 7.  Paragraph (a) of section 29A of chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the words “or by a fine of not less than ten thousand nor more than fifty thousand dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment” and inserting in place thereof the following:-

              , and whoever, either with knowledge that a person is a child under fourteen years of age, and with lascivious intent, hires, coerces, solicits or entices, employs, procures, uses, cause, encourages, or knowingly permits such child to pose or be exhibited in a state of nudity, for the purpose of representation or reproduction in any visual material, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a term of not less than ten years nor more than twenty-five years. 

              SECTION 8. Paragraph (b) of section 29A of the chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the words “shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a term of not less than ten nor more than twenty years, or by a fine of not less than ten thousand nor more than fifty thousand dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment” and inserting in place thereof the following:-

              shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a term of not less than fifteen nor more than twenty-five years, and whoever, either with knowledge that a person is a child under 14 years of age or while in possession of such facts that he should have reason to know that such person is a child under 14 years of age, and hires, coerces, solicits or entices, employs, procures, uses, causes, encourages, or knowingly permits such child to participate or engage in any act that depicts, describes, or represents sexual conduct for the purpose of representation or reproduction in any visual material, or to engage in any live performance involving sexual conduct, shall be punished by imprisonment  in the state prison for a term of not less than twenty years nor more than thirty years. 

              SECTION 9. Paragraph (a) of section 29B of chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the words “shall be punished in the state prison for a term of not less than ten nor more than twenty years or a by a fine of not less than ten thousand nor more than fifty thousand dollars or three times the monetary value of any economic gain derived from said dissemination, whichever is greater, or by both such fine and imprisonment” and inserting in place thereof the following:-

              for the first offense, shall be punished in the state prison for a term of not less than ten years nor more than twenty years or by a fine of not less than $50,000 or by a fine of ten times the monetary value of any economic gain derived from said dissemination, whichever is greater, or by both such fine and imprisonment; a second or subsequent violation of this section shall be punished in the state prison for a term of not less than fifteen years nor more than twenty years.

              SECTION 10. Paragraph (b) of section 29B of chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the words “shall be punished in the state prison for a term of not less than ten nor more than twenty years or by a fine of not less than ten thousand nor more than fifty thousand dollars or three times the monetary value of any economic gain derived from said dissemination, whichever is greater, or by both such fine and imprisonment” and inserting in place thereof the following:-

              shall be punished in the state prison for a term of not less than ten years nor more than twenty years.

              SECTION 11. Paragraph (vii) of section 29C of chapter 272 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the words “ shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years or in a jail or house of correction for not more than two and one-half years or by a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment for the first offense, not less than five years in a state prison or by a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than $20,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment for the second offense, not less than 10 years in a state prison or by a fine of not less than $10,000 nor more than $30,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment for the third and subsequent offenses” and inserting in place thereof:

              shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison or in a jail or house of correction for a term of not less than two years or by a fine of not less than $10,000 nor more than $30,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment for the first offense; not less than five years in a state prison or by a fine of not less than $50,000 nor more than $100,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment for the second offense, not less than ten years in a state prison for the third and subsequent offenses.

              SECTION 12. Section 29A of chapter 272 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following sentence:

              A person convicted of violating the provisions of this section shall not be eligible for probation.

              SECTION 13. Section 29B of chapter 272 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following sentence:

              A person convicted of violating the provisions of this section shall not be eligible for probation.

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