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Sex Crimes

There are federal and state sex crimes, the definitions of which have gotten broader over the years. The definitions can be anything from indecency, to sexual assault, to child pornography. Revenge pornography has become a bigger issue in Texas and in other parts of the country, but it is something that has become criminalized. Indecency can be sexual touching, and it usually involves a child. It occurs anytime a person makes contact with the genitalia of someone who is under the age of 17. Indecency by exposure is when a person exposes themselves to a person with the intent to arouse or gratify that person or themselves. If the intent cannot be shown, then a charge may not result.

Indecency can be by exposure or by contact. The contact can occur over clothes if there is the intent to arouse or gratify the person. You have to engage in sexual contact with a child who is under the age of 17. Once penetration of the vagina or anus occurs, then it is considered sexual assault. If the child is younger than 17, then penetration with the intent to arouse or gratify would be a sexual assault and would require lifetime registration as a sex offender. If penetration occurs with a child who is younger than 14, then it is a more serious offense. If a person has penetrated the child more than once over a period of 12 months, then the minimum punishment is 25 years in prison, and the maximum punishment is life in prison. The perpetrator would also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life.

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