Charged with Child Enticement in Texas?
Protecting You from Child Enticement Charges
What Does Child Enticement Mean?
Child Enticement is also when an adult persuades, tries to persuade, a
minor/child to accompany him/her to sexual activities. In the state of
Texas, under Penal Code §25.04, the crime of “child enticement”
involves soliciting or luring a minor under the age of 18 to engage in
a sexual activity, including being part of pornography or the creation
of pornographic materials. There are several different types of child
enticement, each of which could lead to serious
criminal charges and life-impacting penalties if you are convicted.
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Types of Child Enticement
Child enticement can be found in three different ways, each covered by
a different statute in the Texas Penal Code and each with potentially
The three different types of child enticement include:
Enticing a child: this is the “simple” form of this crime, which involves persuading
or enticing a child to accompany the adult, while interfering with the
parent or guardian’s lawful custody of the child. This crime is
a Class B misdemeanor, but could also be elevated to a third-degree felony
if the adult commits a felony against the minor.
Soliciting a minor online: This involves using electronic means (including chat rooms, email, cell
phones, etc.) to communicate with a minor younger than 17 in a sexually
explicit way. These are third degree felony charges, but become second-degree
felony charges if the minor is younger than 14.
Sexual performance by a child: This is a second degree felony and is charged when an adult authorizes
a minor to engage in sexual conduct, including producing or promoting
child pornography. Penalties can include a fine of up to $10,000 and between
two and 20 years in prison.
Sex Offender Registry
If you are convicted of child enticement, you could be forced to have to
register as a sex offender for life in addition to the long jail sentences,
heavy fines, and other potential consequences of a guilty conviction.
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