Police in Massachusetts arrested Keith L. Sampson, a dance instructor who lives in South Easton on Saturday. He is charged with raping a 15-year-old student at his home. The girl was with Sampson when police arrested him. Police found the two of them after the teenager sent a text message to a friend who then told police where she was.
The 15-year-old studies dance with Sampson at a school in Johnston, Rhode Island. Sampson is now in custody but had been out on bail because of his alleged involvement in another rape incident involving another 15-year-old girl.
Sampson, 29, was arrested in 2005 for the alleged rape of another one of his students, this time in Norton. He faces two counts of statutory rape in the first case. In this latest case, he was charged with rape of a child and drugging an individual for the purpose of sexual intercourse. Sampson says he is not guilty.
In Massachusetts, nonconsensual sex with a person under 16 years of age is considered the rape and abuse of a child. A conviction for raping a child can lead to life in person.
Under the General Laws of Massachusetts:
Chapter 265: Section 23. Rape and abuse of child
Section 23. Whoever unlawfully has sexual intercourse or unnatural sexual intercourse, and abuses a child under sixteen years of age shall, for the first offense, 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, and for the second or subsequent offense by imprisonment in the state prison for life or for any term of years, but not less than five years; provided, however, that a prosecution commenced under the provisions of this section shall not be placed on file or continued without a finding.
Mass. Law About Rape and Sexual Assault
If you are accused of committing rape or any other type of sexual assault crime in the Boston area or anywhere else in Massachusetts, it will be up to the criminal defense attorney that you hire to defend you against the charges and-if your case goes to trial-convince a jury that you are not guilty.
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