The Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office has charged Eric Lopez with Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under the Age of 14 and Unarmed Burglary. According to reports Lopez and the victim lived in the same apartment building. Lopez purportedly went into the victim’s bedroom, took offer her underwear and committed an offensive touching. Apparently the girls’ mother was not home during the incident but returned in time to see Lopez leaving the home. The case was reported to the police and Lopez is currently being prosecuted in the Quincy District Court. Bail has been set in the amount of twenty five thousand dollars.
Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under the Age of Fourteen is a felony pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265 Section 13B. If the district attorney chooses to indict the case and prosecute it in the Superior Court a conviction can result in a ten year state prison sentence. If the case is kept in the District Court the maximum sentence is two and one half years in the House of Correction. If convicted of this crime Lopez will have to register with the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB). There are certain dispostions short of trial that might permit Lopez to avoid a conviction and the requirement of registering as a sex offender. The absence of a criminal history, victim credibility issues and good lawyering are factors that will weigh heavily in regard to the outcome of this case.
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