A 41-year-old registered sex offender has been arrested on charges of Massachusetts indecent assault and battery on a mentally challenged person and rape. Peter J. Duart was jailed on Martha’s Vineyard.
He is a Level 2 sex offender. This means that Duart has been convicted of a sex crime that makes authorities think that he is in the mid level danger range when it comes to possibly offending again.
Massachusetts Sex Crimes
If you are charged with allegedly committing a sex crime in Massachusetts, know that prosecutors will likely aggressively pursue your case. Even if you did not commit the crime, there is a good chance that your reputation may be ruined and your relationships and professional life could suffer. This is why you should speak with a Boston sexual crimes lawyer as soon as possible.
You must get good legal representation. If you are convicted of the sex crime, you could end up in prison, be ordered to pay stiff fines, have to undergo counseling, and/or serve probation. You also will be permanently listed as a sexual offender on Massachusetts’ state registry. Anyone who goes to the registry will be able to access your name. If you have a prior conviction on your record, the charges against you and the sentence you may be ordered to serve can be enhanced.
Sex crime convictions that require that a person register as a Massachusetts sex offender:
• Aggravated rape • Indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 • Indecent assault and battery on a person age 14 or over • Indecent assault and battery on a mentally retarded person • Rape of a child under 6 with force • Rape • Rape and abuse of a child • Assault of a child with intent to commit rape • Assault with intent to commit rape • Kidnapping of a child • Drugging persons for sexual intercourse • Enticing a child under the age of 16 for the purposes of committing a crime • Living off or sharing earnings with a minor prostitute • Inducing a minor into prostitution • A second conviction for open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior (excludes a single or first adjudication as a delinquent juvenile prior to 8/1/92)
• Disseminating to a minor matter harmful to a minor • Incestuous marriage or intercourse • Unnatural or lascivious acts with a child under 16 • Posing or exhibiting a child in a state of nudity • Aggravated rape • Possession of child pornography
Registered sex offender nabbed on rape charge, Cape Cod Times, March 20, 2010
Information for Sex Offenders, Mass.gov
Related Web Resource:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board
Please contact our Boston sexual assault defense law firm and ask for your free case evaluation.