Enticing a child under 16 is a felony in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is defined in Massachusetts General Law chapter 265 section 26c. Anyone convicted of child enticement is required to register as a sex offender in Massachusetts.
To be convicted of enticing a child the prosecutor must prove three individual elements beyond a reasonable doubt. The first element requires the district attorney to prove the victim was under 16 or that the defendant believed the victim was under 16. Second, the prosecutor must prove the defendant enticed the victim to do something like enter, exit or remain in a car, house, or other places. Third, the defendant intended to commit a criminal offense specifically:
- Indecent Assault and Battery
- Assault with Intent to Rape
- Open and Gross Lewdness
- Disseminating Matter Harmful to a Minor
- Posing or exhibiting a child under 18 nude or in sexual conduct
- Purchasing or possessing visual material of a child in a sexual act
- Unnatural Acts with a Child under 16
- Disorderly Conduct
- Disturbing the peace
- Indecent Exposure
- Keeping a Disorderly House
- Lewd Wanton and Lascivious Behavior
- Sexual Conduct for a Fee
What is the Penalty for Enticing a Child Under 16?
Child enticement is a felony criminal offense in Massachusetts. Anyone convicted of enticing a child under 16 faces up to 5 years in state prison or up to 2.5 years in the house of correction. Anyone convicted of this statute is required to register as a sex offender in Massachusetts.
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