Samuel Harper was arrested in Long Branch, New Jersey yesterday on warrants for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender in Massachusetts. Today the forty six year old will be arraigned in the Lawrence District Court. According to reports in the Lawrence Eagle Tribune police raided three different locations while searching for Harper. The charges stem from a 1993 case wherein Harper was convicted for Rape of a Child with Force and Assault With the Intent to Commit Rape. Harper is wanted in both Essex County and Suffolk County.
Massachusetts Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 6 Section 178(H) states that any sex offender who is required to register and who fails to do so is guilty of a felony. The punishment can be as much as five years in state prison. A second offense of failure to register as a sex offender carries a mandatory minimum five year state prison sentence. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 6 Section 178(E) details the obligations of someone convicted of sex crime. These obligations include the duty to provide the Sex Offender Registry Board with addresses, changes of address, an intent to move outside of Massachusetts and also include affirmative duties on people who are moving into Massachusetts and were convicted of a sex offense in another jurisdiction.
We represent people accused of committing Sex Offenses in Massachusetts regularly. The consequences of a conviction are great and require the experience and expertise of a skilled defense attorney. Call our office at 617-263-6800 or contact us online. Your defense should start now.