What You Need to Know About Texas Sex Crimes Laws

Sex crimes in Texas are very serious offenses, and can carry sentences up to life in prison, depending on the offense. At the very least, those convicted of a Texas sex crime will be required to register as a sex offender for a period of time — sometimes even their entire lives — so being found guilty of a sex crime in Texas can affect your life forever.

There are several different offenses that are categorized as sex crimes in Texas, including:

Sexual Assault — also known as rape, this is a second-degree felony and carries a potential prison sentence of two to 20 years.

Aggravated Sexual Assault — this is considered a more serious offense than sexual assault, and is usually used in cases where the assault is particularly violent, involves a child or minor or the use of a weapon or threat of death. This offense is a first degree felony and carries a potential sentence of between five and 99 years in prison.

Child Molestation — there are several different acts that may be considered child molestation or indecency with a child, and the circumstances of the case will dictate the charge. Generally, child molestation cases are felonies and sentences can go up to 20 years.

Child Pornography — this is generally a third-degree felony in Texas with a potential prison sentence of two to 10 years, a $10,000 fine, or both. However, if more than six identical images of a child are in the possession of a defendant, the charge could be increased to a second-degree felony for intent to promote child pornography.

Prostitution — this is a state felony and typically carries a sentence of up to two years in a state jail facility.

Sexting — there are several different offenses that qualify as sexting offenses in Texas, and the most serious are those that involve texting images of a child or a minor, which could be charged as child pornography.

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