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Houston, Texas Internet Sex Crime Consequences

Internet sex crimes are generally categorized in one of two ways: possession of child pornography or online solicitation of a minor.

Child Pornography

Child pornography consists of photos or video of a child under the age of 18 years of age engaging in sexual conduct. Possession of child pornography is a third degree felony that is punishable by a prison sentence of two to 10 years.

Promoting child pornography—sending or transferring images or videos to another person—is a more serious offense subject to an enhanced punishment. In Texas, promoting child pornography is a second degree felony that can result in a prison sentence of two to 20 years.

Online Solicitation of a Minor

Online solicitation of a minor occurs when an adult uses the Internet to make contact with a minor and either uses sexually explicit language or arranges a meeting to engage in sexual activity. Law enforcement agencies often set up sting operations to catch individuals committing this offense by posing as minors online.

Online solicitation of a minor is a third degree felony if the minor is over the age of 17; if the minor is under the age of 14, the charge is elevated to a second degree felony. Conviction can result in prison sentence of two to 20 years.

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Aside from the possibility of spending years in prison, a conviction for any Internet sex crime that involves a minor will result in a felony on your record and you will be required to register as a sex offender. The long-term effects on various aspects of your life will be felt for many, many years.

If you have been charged with an Internet sex crime, contact The Law Offices of Ned Barnett today to schedule a free, no-obligation review of your case.

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