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Legal Statutes: Massachusetts

UPDATED November 28, 2016

Massachusetts Statutes

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Chapter 265. Crimes Against the Person

back to top§ 22A. Rape of child; punishment

Whoever has sexual intercourse or unnatural sexual intercourse with a child under 16, and compels such child to submit by force and against his will or compels such child to submit by threat of bodily injury, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for life or for any term of years. A prosecution commenced under this section shall neither be continued without a finding nor placed on file.
Added by St.1955, c. 763, § 2. Amended by St.1973, c. 925, § 77; St.1974, c. 474, § 2; St.1998, c. 180, § 60; St.1998, c. 194, § 237; St.2008, c. 205, § 2, eff. Oct. 22, 2008.