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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1796         FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 686


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Katherine M. Clark


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 providing protection from child enticement.






Katherine M. Clark

Middlesex and Essex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge


Barry R. Finegold


Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone

15 Commonwealth Avenue

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1796        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 686

By Ms. Clark, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 686) of Katherine M. Clark, Cory Atkins, James M. Cantwell, James J. Dwyer and other members of the General Court for legislation to provide protection from child enticement.  The Judiciary. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act providing protection from child enticement.

              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 26C of chapter 265 of the General Laws, as amended by Chapter 267 of the Acts of 2010, is hereby amended by inserting after the existing subsection (b), a new subsection (c) as follows: 

                            (c)  No person, by any means and without privilege to do so, shall knowingly entice any child under the age of 16, or someone he believes to be a child under the age of 16, to enter into any vehicle, if:

                 (1) The person does not have the express or implied permission of the parent, guardian, or other legal custodian of the child in undertaking the activity; and

                 (2) (i) The person is not a law enforcement officer, emergency services provider as defined in section 71-507, firefighter, or other person who regularly provides emergency services, is not the operator of a bookmobile or other such vehicle operated by the state or a political subdivision and used for informing, educating, organizing, or transporting children, is not a paid employee of, or a volunteer for, a nonprofit or religious organization which provides activities for children, and is not an employee or agent of or a volunteer acting under the direction of any board of education or (ii) the person is a person listed in subdivision (c)(2)(i) of this section but, at the time the person undertakes the activity, he or she is not acting within the scope of his or her lawful duties in that capacity.

                 (3) It is an affirmative defense to a charge under this subsection (c) that the person undertook the activity in response to a bona fide emergency situation or that the person undertook the activity in response to a reasonable belief that it was necessary to preserve the health, safety, or welfare of the child.

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