Sex Crimes with Children – Convictions and Sentences
Like many states, Texas has increasingly enacted harsher penalties and sentences for those convicted of sex crimes against children. In all cases of sex crimes involving children, a conviction will remain on your criminal record for the rest of your life, and will be available to the public, including prospective employers. Additionally, all convictions for sex crimes against children require that you register as a sex offender for a certain length of time, and most require that you register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. Information about registered sex offenders, including the type of their criminal convictions, places of employment and home addresses, is readily available to the public on the internet and through local law enforcement agencies.
Convictions for sex crimes against children also carry lengthy prison sentences, which can range from two years to life depending on the nature of the crime. Newer Texas laws establish much more stringent penalties for sex crime convictions involving children, and particularly for those sex crimes against very young children.
Specifically, a conviction for aggravated sexual assault against a child under the age of six carries a minimum sentence of incarceration of 25 years, with the potential for a maximum sentence of 99 years, or life in prison. Similarly, a conviction for continuous sexual abuse of a child or children under the age of 14, over a period of 30 days or more, will result in a sentence of incarceration from 25 years to life. Additionally, a person convicted of continuous sexual abuse of a child or aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of six will NEVER become eligible for parole.