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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.

At Jerry Loftin & Associates, we use our carefully-developed approach that balances grit and tenacity to help you achieve the results you seek from your charges. With more than 65 years of combined experience, our firm has developed a reputation as one of the top firms in the Fort Worth area. Since 1970, we have proudly stood beside those who are facing serious criminal charges, including sex crimes, and fought to preserve their name and their freedoms from the harshness of the criminal justice system. Don’t face your charges alone; let an esteemed member of our team help you navigate the complexities of your case.

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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 differing penalties.

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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