Daniel Rhoades, 24 and a homeless man from Quincy, and Alexander Zerchykov, 51 of Boston, were both arrested this past weekend in separate cases involving Sex Crimes on the MBTA.
Rhoades was arraigned this morning in the Boston Municipal Court on Sex Crimes charges including Open and Gross Lewdness. He is alleged to have exposed himself to women on the Red Line on two separate days, August 16 and then against on August 17.
Zerchykov was also charged with Indecent Assault & Battery. He is accused of fondling a woman as she was getting off a Green Line train at Boston’s Fenway station on June 13.
According to the MBTA Transit Police, this year alone, they have made 18 arrests for the crime of Indecent Assault & Battery; and 24 arrests for the crimes of Open and Gross Lewdness.
Indecent Assault & Battery:
The crime of Indecent Assault & Battery is essentially an Assault & Battery, but where the unlawful touching involves an ‘indecent act.’
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265, Section 13H punishes the crime of Indecent Assault & Battery by imprisonment in the House of Corrections for up to 2.5 years, or to state prison for up to 5 years.
Indecent Assault & Battery, like most Sex Crimes, is an extremely serious allegations, and the penalties, beyond possible imprisonment, can be life altering. A conviction for this crime will most likely subject the offender to Sex Offender Registration; require him/her to submit a DNA sample to the state’s DNA database to be compared to past and future unsolved crimes. A conviction for Indecent Assault & Battery could also result in a term of Community Parole Supervision for life to be imposed; and may also serve as a predicate sexual offense for civil commitment as a “sexually dangerous person.”
Open & Gross Lewdness:
The crime of Open & Gross Lewdness is defined as the intentional, indecent and offensive exposure of one’s genitals to another person.
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 272, Section 16, punishes the crime of Open & Gross Lewdness with imprisonment in the House of Corrections for up to 2 years; or to State Prison for up to 3 years.
Although a first time offender will not be subject to Sex Offender Registration if conviction, a second or subsequent conviction for Open & Gross Lewdness will subject the offender to Sex Offender Registration.
Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has experienced in defending persons against the crimes of Indecent Assault & Battery, Open & Gross Lewdness, as well as many other Sex Crimes, including Rape.
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