One of the changes in the law refines statutory rape laws. It still remains a crime for anyone of any age to have sex with a child under 16 under MGL c.268, s.23, but Jessica's Law has added a new MGL c.268, s.23A, which provides a 10-year minimum sentence for statutory rape in the following instances:
- The child is under 12 and the defendant is more than 5 years older
- The child is between 12 and 16 and the defendant is more than 10 years older
- The defendant is a mandatory reporter under MGL c.119, s.21
More information on sex crimes and their consequences is available at Mass. Law About Sex Offenders.