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Stalking and Harassment
Under Massachusetts law stalking (through physical presence, mail, telephone, internet or facsimile communication) and criminal harassment are felonies. Under the law, stalking (M.G.L. Ch. 265 § 43) includes:
- willfully and maliciously engages in a knowing pattern of conduct or series of acts over a period of time directed at a specific person which seriously alarms or annoys that person and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, and
- making a threat with the intent to place the person in imminent fear of death or bodily injury.
Criminal penalties include imprisonment in state prison for five years, $1,000 fine and/or imprisonment in house of correction for 2 and ½ years. Multiple instances receive more severe punishments.