Indecent Exposure is a misdemeanor crime in Massachusetts. Massachusetts General Law C. 272 s 53. defines indecent exposure. It is punishable by not more than 6 months in the House of Correction and a fine.
What is Indecent Exposure in Massachusetts?
Someone is guilty of indecent exposure if he the prosecutor can prove beyond a reasonable doubt three things.
- The person exposed his genital to one or more persons;
- The person intentionally did it.;
- And it caused actual offense.
In Massachusetts, Indecent Exposure only applies to exposed genitals. It does not apply to the general genital area, buttocks, or breasts.
Indecent exposure is different from open and gross lewdness. Open and gross lewdness is a felony in Massachusetts. Open and gross lewdness requires actual alarm or shock. Indecent exposure does not require that it that it actually produces alarm or shock.
A person can be convicted of even if the act happened in a private place. A public place is not required under the law. Also, exposure to just one person is enough to be found guilty.
What is the statute of limitations for Indecent Exposure?
The statute of limitations for indecent exposure is 6 years.
Indecent Exposure and Sex Offender Registry
Does A Conviction for Indecent Exposure Require Registration of the Sex Offender Registry?
No. A conviction does not require sex offender registration.
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