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MA: Lawmakers again reject Baker’s child rape bill

BOSTON — A Democratic-controlled legislative committee has, once again, rejected Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to limit the release of child sexual predators from prison.

The proposal sought to increase the penalty for rape of a child with force by someone who has already been convicted of sexual offenses to life without parole. It also would have established new charges for the rape of multiple children with force, which would carry a mandatory life sentence. The Legislature’s Committee on the Judiciary voted to send the proposal to a study, signaling its demise for the current session.

Baker, a Republican, filed the proposal in response to a ruling by the state’s highest court clearing the way for the release of Wayne Chapman. read more

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