Indecent Exposure is a misdemeanor crime in Massachusetts. Massachusetts General Law C. 272 s 53 defines it. Also, it is punishable by not more than 6 months in the House of Correction and a fine.
What is Indecent Exposure in Massachusetts?
Indecent Exposure consists of three elements:
- The person exposed his genitals to one or more persons;
- The person intentionally did it.;
- And, it caused actual offense.
This only applies to exposed genitals. It does not apply to the general genital area, buttocks, or breasts.
This is different from open and gross lewdness. For instance, open and gross lewdness requires actual alarm or shock. While this does not require that it even if it actually produces alarm or shock. Also, open and gross lewdness is a felony in Massachusetts.
A person can be convicted of even if the act happened in a private place. Therefore, the law does not require a public place. Also, exposure to just one person is enough to be found guilty.
Indecent Exposure FAQs
The statute of limitations for is 6 years.
No. A conviction does not require sex offender registration.
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