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BAKER CONCERNED WITH "A LOT OF ELEMENTS" IN BROWNSBERGER BILL

A proposal by senators to create new exemptions from the statutory rape law for adolescents close in age is one of "a lot of elements" of the criminal justice reform bill that Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday he has concerns about.

The bill, written by Sen. William Brownsberger, proposes to create "close age exceptions" to statutory rape and indecent assault and battery laws that currently make it a felony in Massachusetts to have sex with someone under 16. The bill would allow for consensual sex between someone who is 15 and a partner less than four years older, someone under 15 and a partner less than three years older, or someone under 12 and a partner who is less than two year older.


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