Indecency with a Child is a serious felony offense in Texas. It can be found in Texas Penal Code Section 21.11. which covers both Indecency with a Child by Exposure and Indecency with a Child by Contact.
A child is someone under the age of 17 in Texas. Texas law allows accusations of Indecency with a Child to be brought without any evidence the accused knew the age of the alleged victim.
|Indecency by Contact||Indecency by Exposure|
|Mental State||Intent to gratify the sexual desire of any person||Intent to gratify the sexual desire of any person|
|Act||The person sexual contacts, or causes the minor to sexually contact them||Exposure of the anus or genitals to the minor, or of the minor|
|Includes||Touching through the clothing of breast, anus, or genitals||Exposure of any part of the genitals|
|Punishment||Second Degree (2-20 years and up to $10,000 fine)||Third Degree (2-10 years and up to $10,000 fine)|
|Does Not Require||Penetration of any type||Contact of any type|
|Does Not Require||Physical evidence, or any other witness||Physical evidence, or any other witness|
|Sex Offender Registration||Lifetime||10 years|
Any exposure of the anus or genitals to or of a minor for sexual gratification is indecency by exposure. Any contact with or to the anus, genitals, or breast of a minor that is not penetration (which would be sexual assault) for sexual gratification is indecency by contact in Texas. This is also referred to as Indecency-Fondling.
There is no statute of limitations for Indecency by Contact or Indecency by Exposure in Texas.
Indecency by Exposure is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Indecency by Contact is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Yes. Indecency with a child by contact in Texas requires lifetime registration as a sex offender. Indecency with a child by exposure requires 10 years of registration as a sex offender.
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