Indecent Assault in Texas
Before September 2019, groping someone in Texas was a Class C misdemeanor — the same as a traffic ticket. Then, the Texas Legislature passed a new law, titled “indecent assault,” to punish groping more severely. Here’s a look at the new law, the punishment, and recent examples of people who have been arrested for this offense.
What is Indecent Assault in Texas?
Touching the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of another person:
Touching another person with the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of another person;
Exposing or attempting to expose another person’s genitals, pubic area, anus, buttocks, or female nipple; or
Causing another person to contact the blood, semen, vaginal fluid, saliva, urine, or feces of any person.
What is the Punishment for Indecent Assault?
Will Someone Convicted of Indecent Assault have to Register as a Sex Offender?
Why did Texas Criminalize Groping?
Indecent Assault in Texas News
In January of 2021, a former Midland County sheriff candidate was charged with indecent assault and indecent exposure after groping a package delivery driver.
A Pearland softball coach was arrested for indecent assault in February of 2019 for inappropriately touching a juvenile during private batting lessons.
Texas Rangers arrested a Tahoka police officer in April of 2020 for indecent assault along with various other crimes such as prostitution.