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Consequences of a Conviction for a Sex Crime in Texas

Sex Crimes | Sexual Assault

An individual is deemed a sex offender if they have been convicted of a “sex crime”. There are a host of offenses which fall into this category. Some of these are inclusive of sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, and indecency with a child.

All sex crimes are considered to be very severe and are awarded with harsh punishment in the State of Texas. Beyond the definite long prison term which will accompany a conviction, all sex offenders must face the rest of their lives registered in the public database as a sex offender.

Sexual assault involves any coerced or forced sexual activity upon another person. The general convictions for this particular area is for rape, or to a slightly lesser degree, touching or fondling of either a minor (an individual younger than 17 years) or an adult. Texas state law books have a whole chapter devoted to sexual assault. The offenses arise from causing the sexual organs of one person to have direct contact with the mouth, anus or sexual organs of another, whether through fondling or penetration.

Sexual assault is denoted as “aggravated” if force or violence is used in any of the following ways:

  • to inflict injury or attempt to take a life.
  • to induce fear in an individual by threatening to harm someone else
  • to threaten death, injury or a kidnapping.
  • to use or display a deadly weapon.
  • administers a drug to impair the judgement of the victim.
  • if the victim is either below 14 years old or is older than 65.

Punishment Range for Sex Cases

The punishments for sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault differ in the severity of sentencing. The former receives a considerably shorter sentence than the latter. For sexual assault one may face between 2 and 20 years. On the other hand, aggravated sexual assault can incur a sentence of 5 to 99 years or life in prison. If the crime involved a minor then the punishment will be much harsher.

Child molestation is the more common terminology for indecency with a child. There are two categories of this offense: Indecency with a Child by Contact and Indecency with a Child by Exposure. Be reminded that a child refers to a person 17 years of age or younger. Indecency with a Child by Contact is the more serious and involves touching the child’s private body parts (breast, anus, genitals) either directly or through their clothing. Indecency with a Child by Exposure involves the person exposing their body parts to a child or causing the child to expose their body parts. The intent of the two types of exposure must have been done to induce sexual gratification and can involve victims of the same or opposite sex.

Sex Offender Registration

Once a convicted sex offender has been released from state supervision (whether it be incarceration, community service or parole) in Texas they must submit to sex offender registration with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Registration can be done for either 10 years for relatively minor offenses or for life for all other sex crimes. Information on the name and current address of the offender is posted on several public database for all residents to access

If you or someone you know is in need of the services of a Texas Board Certified Sexual Assault Attorney call Madrid Law at 713-877-9400.

Houston Area Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Aggravated Sexual Assault of Child

Sexual Assault

A Texas City man was convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and sentenced to life in prison by a Galveston County jury according to this story. The victim was just three years old when the abuse began.

The accusation of the sexual assault of a child alleged that the sexual assault began when the complaining witness  was 3 years old. The abuse began in 2007 in Texas City and ended in 2010 with defendant’s arrest. The girl testified that the defendant would attack her when her mother was grocery shopping or at work.

Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child is a First Degree Felony which has a range of punishment of not less than 5 years and not more than 99 years or life in prison.

Sexual Assault of a Child becomes aggravated if the child is less than 14 years old. The charge of Super Aggravated Sexual Assault a Child applies if the child is younger than 6 years of age. The range of punishment for Super Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child is 25 to 99 years or life in prison, and there is no provision for early release from confinement.Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child

In a case with these facts the charge of Continuous Sexual Abuse may apply. Continuous Sexual Abuse involves repeated (two or more) acts of sexual abuse against a child under age 14 over a period of at least 30 days. Acts of sexual abuse include commission of any of these offenses:

  • indecency with a child (by contact with genitals or anus but not breast);
  • sexual assault;
  • aggravated sexual assault;
  • aggravated kidnapping with intent to violate or abuse the victim sexually;
  • burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a sexual offense; or
  • sexual performance by a child.

The punishment range for this offense, Penal Code §21.02, is 25 to 99 years or life in prison. Life Super Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child there is no provision for early release from the sentence. Also, a subsequent conviction is punished by life in prison without parole.

If you are in need of a Aggravated Sexual Assault Lawyer in Houston call Houston Aggravated Sexual Assault Attorney Mario Madrid at 713-877-9400.

Houston Sex Crimes Attorney Mario Madrid