Indecency with a Child

Minton, Burton, Bassett & Collins, P.C.

Texas Penal Code, ยง 21.11. INDECENCY WITH A CHILD

  • A person commits an offense if, with a child younger than 17 years and not the person’s spouse, whether the child is of the same or opposite sex, the person:
    • engages in sexual contact with the child or causes the child to engage in sexual contact; or
    • with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person:
      • exposes the person’s anus or any part of the person’s genitals, knowing the child is present; or
      • causes the child to expose the child’s anus or any part of the child’s genitals.
  • It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the actor:
    • was not more than three years older than the victim and of the opposite sex;
    • did not use duress, force, or a threat against the victim at the time of the offense; and
    • at the time of the offense:
      • was not required under Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure, to register for life as a sex offender; or
      • was not a person who under Chapter 62 had a reportable conviction or adjudication for an offense under this section.
  • In this section, “sexual contact” means the following acts, if committed with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person:
    • any touching by a person, including touching through clothing, of the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of a child; or
    • any touching of any part of the body of a child, including touching through clothing, with the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of a person.
  • An offense under Subsection (a)(1) is a felony of the second degree and an offense under Subsection (a)(2) is a felony of the third degree.
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