According to an article in the MetroWest Daily News, a Framingham man was arrested last week and charged with sexual conduct for a fee and disorderly conduct. The article states that Framingham police officers saw the man chasing a woman down the street and yelling at her. The police then stopped the man and proceeded to question him, as well as the woman. The man told the police that he had solicited the woman for sex and that she then stole $80 from him. The woman denied the claim, and the police subsequently arrested and charged the man with the above referenced crimes.
For the Commonwealth to obtain a conviction against the defendant for sex for a fee under G. L. c. 272, § 53A, it would have to show the following beyond a reasonable doubt: (1) that the man either engaged, or agreed to engage, or offered to engage, in sexual conduct with another person; and (2) that the sexual conduct was to be done in return for a fee. For the Commonwealth to obtain a conviction against the man for the charge of disorderly conduct under G. L. c. 272, § 53, it would likewise have to show the following beyond a reasonable doubt: (1) that the man either engaged in fighting or threatening, or engaged in violent or tumultuous behavior or created a hazardous or physically offensive condition by an act that served no legitimate purpose of the defendant’s; (2) that the man’s actions were reasonably likely to affect the public; and (3) that the man either intended to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly created a risk of public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm. Continue reading →