§21.02 of the Texas Penal Code addresses the continuous sexual abuse of a young child. While sexual abuse of a child is always considered a serious crime, this is especially true when the crime has been occurring for a lengthy period of time. Under the statute, sexual abuse is considered to be continuous if the offense has been carried out over 30 days or more with two separate acts of abuse (regardless of whether there were singular or multiple victims). To be convicted, it must be proven that the defendant was over the age of 17 and the victims were younger than 14 years of age.
The sexual abuse offenses outlined under this act include aggravated kidnapping per §20.04(a)(4) if intent was to commit a sex crime; indecency with a child per §21.11(a)(1) if the defendant committed a crime other than touching; sexual assault per §22.011; aggravated sexual assault per §22.021; burglary under §30.02 if there was intent to commit a sex-related crime; or sexual performance by a child per §43.25.
The law states that a criminal conviction for the sexual abuse of a child is a first-degree felony that will involve penalties of imprisonment for life or for 25 to 99 years.
If you have been charged with the continuous sexual abuse of a child, it is in your best interest to seek the involvement of an experienced sex crimes defense attorney. You need a heavyweight in your corner who will go above and beyond in the fight to help protect your legal rights.
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