Sex Crimes with a Minor

Barton Hagee Law Firm, PLLC   |   San Antonio   |   South Texas

Call Barton|Hagee Law Firm, PLLC if you are being questioned by detectives or police IMMEDIATELY. 210-570-2020.

If you find yourself being investigated and ultimately charged with a Texas sex offense, you should not speak to the police and you should reach out to an experienced attorney who has represented these kinds of cases. Your attorney must be as aggressive as the prosecutor trying to send you to prison and destroy your life. It is always better to have a Former Texas Felony Prosecutor who tried these cases to a jury when fighting these allegations. The criminal defense attorneys at Barton|Hagee Law Firm, PLLC are Former Texas Felony District Attorneys and Prosecutors who know how to win.

Choose to Fight the Allegations
Being charged with a sex offense in Texas, especially with a child, is the most horrific experience an individual can face. It only takes the simple word of the alleged victim to send a person to prison for most, or even the rest, of their life. Families, careers, and friends are often lost before the case ever sees the inside of a courtroom. This is one of the most serious charges someone can face. The pre-conceived notions behind this type of crime can be very difficult to change. We believe it is vitally important to hire the extremely experienced team of attorneys at Barton|Hagee Law Firm, PLLC to start the investigation immediately upon learning that you are facing charges. The work on the front end of the case can make all the difference when it comes to trial. If you find yourself being investigated and ultimately charged with a Texas sex offense, you should not speak to the police and you should reach out to an experienced attorney who has represented these kinds of cases. Your attorney must be as aggressive as the prosecutor trying to send you to prison and destroy your life. It is always better to have a Former Texas Felony Prosecutor who tried these cases to a jury when fighting these allegations.
Defending Against False Allegations and Sexual Assault of a Minor Charges:
The work starts NOW. We must begin our own independent investigation immediately. Acquiring records and information about the complaining witness and circumstances behind the allegations, while memories are clear and records are readily available, is so vitally important in successfully fighting these allegations. Once we have the necessary full picture, we begin poking holes in the State’s case against you. Enough of these holes will eventually lead to a WIN.
The Law:

Under Texas law, the forms of sexual assault of a child include Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault, Continuous Sexual Abuse, Indecency with a child, and improper relationship between an educator and a child.

An Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child:
  • Intentionally and Knowingly cause the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of a child another person by any means
  • Intentionally and Knowingly causes the penetration of the mouth of a child by the sexual organ of the actor
  • Intentionally and Knowingly causes the sexual organ of a child to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the actor
  • causes the anus of a child to contact the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the actor; or
  • causes the mouth of a child to contact the anus or sexual organ of another person, including the actor; and

the person: causes serious bodily injury or attempts to cause the death of the victim or another person in the course of the same criminal episode; by acts or words places the victim in fear that any person will become the victim of an offense under Section 20A.02(a)(3), (4), (7), or (8) or that death, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping will be imminently inflicted on any person; by acts or words occurring in the presence of the victim threatens to cause any person to become the victim of an offense under Section 20A.02(a)(3), (4), (7), or (8) or to cause the death, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping of any person; uses or exhibits a deadly weapon in the course of the same criminal episode; acts in concert with another who engages in conduct described by Subdivision (1) directed toward the same victim and occurring during the course of the same criminal episode; or with the intent of facilitating the commission of the offense, administers or provides to the victim of the offense any substance capable of impairing the victim’s ability to appraise the nature of the act or to resist the act; the victim is younger than 14 years of age, regardless of whether the person knows the age of the victim at the time of the offense; or the victim is an elderly individual or a disabled individual.

Punishment Range: A first-degree felony 5 – 99 years or life in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division.

Sexual Assault of a Child:
  • Regardless of whether the person knows the age of the child at the time of the offense, the person intentionally or knowingly causes the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of a child by any means;
  • Causes the penetration of the mouth of a child by the sexual organ of the actor;
  • Causes the sexual organ of a child to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the actor;
  • Causes the anus of a child to contact the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the actor; or
  • Causes the mouth of a child to contact the anus or sexual organ of another person, including the actor.

Affirmative Defense: The actor was the spouse of the child at the time of the offense, or the actor was not more than three (3) years older than the victim at the time of the offense if the child was 14 years of age and older.

Punishment Range: A second-degree felony 2-20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division.

Improper Relationship between Educator and Student:
  • An employee of a public or private primary or secondary school commits an offense if the employee engages in sexual contact, sexual intercourse, or deviate sexual intercourse with a person who is enrolled in a public or private primary or secondary school at which the employee works;
  • engages in conduct described by Section 021, with a person described by Subdivision (1), or a person the employee knows is a person described by Subdivision (2)(A) or (B), regardless of the age of that person.
  • holds a position described by Section 003(a) or (b), Education Code, regardless of whether the employee holds the appropriate certificate, permit, license, or credential for the position, and engages in sexual contact, sexual intercourse, or deviate sexual intercourse with a person the employee knows is enrolled in a public or private primary or secondary school, other than a school described by Subdivision (1); or a student participant in an educational activity that is sponsored by a school district or a public or private primary or secondary school if students enrolled in a public or private primary or secondary school are the primary participants in the activity; or

Punishment Range: A second-degree felony 2-20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division.

Indecency with a Child (Touching or Exposure):
  • A person commits an offense if, with a child younger than 17 years of age, whether the child is of the same or opposite sex and regardless of whether the person knows the age of the child at the time of the offense.
  • The person engages in sexual contact with the child or causes the child to engage in sexual contact.
  • 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.

Punishment Range: Touching is a second-degree felony which is 2-20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division. Exposure is a third-degree felony which is 2-10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division.

Continuous Sexual Assault of a Child:
  • A person commits an offense if, during a period that is 30 or more days in duration, the person commits two or more acts of sexual abuse, regardless of whether the acts of sexual abuse are committed against one or more victims; and
  • at the time of the commission of each of the acts of sexual abuse, the actor is 17 years of age or older and the victim is a child younger than 14 years of age, regardless of whether the actor knows the age of the victim at the time of the offense.
Sexual Assault of a Minor
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Minor, Super Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Minor, Continuous Sexual Assault of A Minor, Improper Relationship between Student and Educator
San Antonio   |   South Texas
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210-570-2020
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