According to police Rayfield McCants, 28 of Cambridge, Massachusetts got onto an MBTA bus Tuesday night and intentionally rubbed himself against a woman passenger. Afterwards, when the woman exited the bus McCants followed her and harassed her until a bus driver came to her aid. McCants now stands charged with indecent assault and battery. Apparently when McCants got on the bus he sat directly next to the woman even though the bus was virtually empty. The bus driver witnessed the events on and off the bus and assisted the woman until the suspect was arrested by the police. Bail in the amount of $5,000 cash was set.
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The Massachusetts statute prohibiting indecent assault and battery is Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265 Section 13H. The law states that anyone who is convicted of this crime can be punished for up to 5 years in state prison. If the case is kept in the district court there is a maximum 2 1/2 year house of correction sentence that can be imposed. Massachusetts courts define indecent assault as acts fundamentally offensive to today’s moral values. Touching the buttocks or private areas of another certainly suffice to convict for this crime.
Attorney Stephen Neyman is a well known, experienced Massachusetts Sex Crimes Lawyer who has defended countless people charged with indecent assault and battery. For more information about our services call us at 617-263-6800 or online now. Our Boston office is located downtown in close proximity to the Blue Line, Green Line, Orange Line and Red Line.