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Disseminating Obscene Matter to a Minor in Massachusetts

Just this past week a Lowell teacher and Andover resident was arrested by Police after allegedly sending a nude photo to a teenager he met through the school. The two were allegedly communicating over Snapchat.

Palmer was charged with Disseminating Obscene Matter to a Minor in Massachusetts. According to the District Attorney’s office he allegedly sent a photo of his genitals to the teen through the Snapchat app.

Disseminating Obscene Matter to a Minor in Massachusetts is a serious offense. This crime is punishable by up to 5 years in state prison. There are also significant fines associated with Disseminating Obscene Matter to a Minor in Massachusetts which include minimum fines of $1000 or maximum fines of $10,000 for the first offense. Subsequent offenses include up to $20,000 for the second offense, up to $30,000 for a third offense.

Palmer may face a harsh sentence, since he was employed as a middle school teacher by the Lowell Public Schools, and was in a position of trust and authority.

If you or someone you know has been charged with Disseminating Obscene Matter to a Minor in Massachusetts, then we encourage you to reach out to our law office immediately and have one of our attorneys speak to you about your case to prepare you for the best defense strategy moving forward.

For example, even if the accused in this case is later cleared of all criminal charges, they may face the continued social stigma for their perceived crime. For these reasons, it is imperative for a person charged with a sex crime to retain an experienced sex crime defense lawyer in Boston to protect them from unfounded charges.

We are highly experienced criminal and sexual crime defense attorneys who have defended many serious sex cases. We believe everyone has the right to a fair trial and will do our utmost to fight for you in court. Please contact us ASAP to discuss your case.

At Dhar Law, LLP, we have a committed team of lawyers with decades of experience defending clients charged with a wide variety of sex crimes. If you or a loved one faces a charge of rape, solicitation, sexual assault, or any other sex offense against a minor, don’t take chances on your future.

Call (617)- 880-6155 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation with our sex crimes lawyers in Boston.


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