Indecent Assault & Battery

The crime of Indecent Assault & Battery is essentially an Assault & Battery but where the touching involves an 'indecent act'.  An 'indecent act' is one that is fundamentally offensive to contemporary standards of decency, most often involving touching portions of the anatomy commonly thought private.

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265, Section 13H punishes the crime of Indecent Assault & Battery by imprisonment in the House of Corrections for up to 2.5 years, or to state prison for up to 5 years in state prison.

In order to prove the crime of Indecent Assault & Battery, the prosecutor must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt:
  1. That the alleged victim was at least fourteen years of age at the time of the alleged offense;
  2. That the defendant committed an assault and battery on the alleged victim;
  3. That the assault and battery was 'indecent'; and
  4. That the alleged victim did not consent.
A conviction for the crime of Indecent Assault & Battery would also render the defendant subject to Sex Offender Registration; require him/her to submit a DNA sample to the state's DNA database; could result in a term of community parole supervision for life to be imposed; and may serve as a predicate sexual offense for civil commitment as a 'sexually dangerous person.'

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