Under Massachusetts criminal law, the crime of Indecent Exposure in Massachusetts is a misdemeanor offense. The statute regarding Indecent Exposure may be found at Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 265, Section 53.
Legal Elements of Indecent Exposure
In order to be found guilty of Indecent Exposure under Massachusetts criminal law, there must be strong evidence of the following three legal elements:
- the defendant exposed his or her genitals;
- the defendant did so intentionally;
- one or more persons were offended by the defendant’s exposure.
What Exposure is Required to Indecent Exposure
The offense of Indecent Exposure is limited to the exposure of the genitalia. It does not include exposure of the overall genital area, pubic area, buttocks or female breasts. The exposure necessary for this offense may occur in a public or private area.
Potential Punishment if Convicted of Indecent Exposure in Massachusetts
The penalty regarding Indecent Exposure may be found at Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 265, Section 53. Convicted offenders may be sentenced to a term of up to six months in the house of corrections and/or $200 fine.
This offense is considered a misdemeanor under Massachusetts criminal law and does not require sex offender registration.
If you or a loved one have been charged with indecent exposure in Massachusetts, call (508) 213-9113 to schedule a free consultation with top Massachusetts Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer John L. Calcagni III.