Note: this section has been successfully challenged as being unconstitutionally vague (i.e.
Massachusetts -- Age of Consent [Cool Teen Sites] Chapter 272: Section 4.
Inducing person under 18 to have sexual intercourse. Whoever induces any person under eighteen of chaste life to have unlawful sexual intercourse shall be punished as provided in the preceding section.
While lawyers for the state argued the statutes are used to put an end to public sex, gay rights activists argued that police are using them to target gays. Whoever commits the abominable and detestable crime against nature, either with mankind or with a beast, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than twenty years. These professionals are calling for tougher enforcement of existing laws or, where necessary, the passage of tougher laws.
"It's a national issue of discriminatory enforcement of the law; targeting gay men with undercover vice-officers, while not similarly targeting straight people," said Myron Dean Quon, deputy director of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. Their goal: to stop adult men from preying sexually on young girls and, increasingly, young boys.
The age of consent in Massachusetts is eighteen, as spelled out in Chapter 272, Section 4, of the General Laws of Massachusetts, and will remain as such until this law is repealed." EDITOR: We will let his comments speak for themselves.
Added 07-2002: The point of this section is to penalize someone for inducing an innocent minor to commit an unlawful sexual act.
Currently only 13 states have sodomy laws, three of which apply exclusively to same-sex conduct. In an article by Michael Lynch published in The Public Interest (Summer 1998), Eloise Anderson, then director of California's Department of Social Services is quoted as follows: "When I was growing up, there was a saying, 'Sixteen will get you 20 Sixteen is a girl's age; "20" is the number of years an adult male would spend in prison if he had sex with her.'" More and more studies are pointing to the fact that a significant number of teens are impregnated by adult men.
While laws prohibiting predatory behavior have long been on the books in all 50 states, they have mostly languished for the past two or three decades.
EDITORS NOTE: The above section was delivered via email to the research department and has been verified with the State of Massachusetts. How does the prosecutor validate "chaste" or lack thereof.