Beacon Hill Lawmakers Want To Update Mass. Obscenity Laws

BOSTON (AP) – Legislation has been filed to clarify a state law prohibiting harmful or obscene messages sent to minors through the Internet or other electronic communications.

The bill adds language requiring prosecutors to show that a suspected sexual predator specifically knew – or believed – that the person receiving such message was a minor.

The Supreme Judicial Court last year overturned the conviction of a man accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to someone he believed was a 13-year-old girl. The court ruled that state law at the time didn’t include instant messages as harmful material.

The Legislature reworded the law to include electronic communications, but a federal judge in October ruled the revised law was so broad that it could effectively ban material on the Internet that adults have the right to view.

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  • Cynic

    Funny…In my travels around the Country if find that Massachusetts is not looked on as the Morality Capitol of the world. For many reasons Mass is looked upon as the epitome of immorality. People usually say..”Oh Massachusetts,Thats where they allow____________-“

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