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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§ 23. Rape and abuse of child

Whoever unlawfully has sexual intercourse or unnatural sexual intercourse, and abuses a child under 16 years of age, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for life or for any term of years or, except as otherwise provided, for any term in a jail or house of correction. A prosecution commenced under this section shall neither be continued without a finding nor placed on file.
Amended by St.1966, c. 291; St.1974, c. 474, § 3; St.1998, c. 194, § 238; St.2008, c. 205, § 2, eff. Oct. 22, 2008.