Sex Crimes

Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child

Legal Defense for Sex Crimes in Houston, Texas

Continuous sexual abuse of a child (or children) is illegal under Title 5, Chapter 21, § Sec. 21.02 of the Texas Penal Code. This crime is a felony of the first degree and occurs when an individual commits at least two acts of sexual abuse against a child within a 30-day period of time.

The Law Offices of Billy Skinner is a criminal defense law firm that serves clients in the greater Houston area. If you were charged with continual sexual abuse of a child, contact our Houston sex crime defense lawyers for a case evaluation.

Elements of the Offense

In order to obtain a conviction, the prosecution must demonstrate the following facts:

  • The defendant was 17 years old or older at the time of the offense
  • The victim was a child, less than 14 years old

Texas law defines an “act of sexual abuse” as any of these crimes:

  • Indecency with a child (§21.11(a)(1)), depending on the circumstances of the act
  • Sexual performance by a child, defined in § Section 43.25
  • Compelling prostitution, defined by § Section 43.05(a)(2)
  • Trafficking of persons (under § 20A.02(a)(7) or (8))
  • Sexual assault as defined in § 22.011
  • Burglary with the intent to commit a sex crime, listed in § Section 30.02
  • Aggravated kidnapping (under § 20.04(a)(4), and only if the defendant intended sexually abuse the victim

What are the penalties for continuous sexual assault of a child?

As a first-degree felony, continuous sexual abuse of a child or children is punishable by imprisonment for life. If the defendant is not given a life sentence, he / she will face imprisonment for no less than 25 years and no more than 99 years.

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Are you facing allegations of a serious sex crime in Houston? It is important to have your initial consultation as soon as possible, so contact our office today for the assistance that you need. When you work with the Law Offices of Billy Skinner, you will have the following advantages on your side:

  • 24 / 7 access to your lawyer
  • A former prosecutor on your side
  • Personalized case strategies and support

Contact us today – the sooner we hear from you, the faster a topnotch sex crime defense lawyer in Houston can start working on your case.