In 2005, nine-year old Florida girl named Jessica Lunsford was sexually assaulted and murdered. Her father worked with legislators to pass Jessica’s Law in an effort to pass more serious laws against sex offenders throughout the country. Some version of Jessica’s Law has been passed in over 30 states, including Texas.
Known as the Jessica Lunsford Act in Texas, this legislation focuses on two charges: continuous sexual abuse of a child and super aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Continuous sexual abuse of a child can be charged if a child under the age of 14 has been sexually abused two or more times during a period that is 30 days or more in duration. Super aggravated sexual assault of a child is the offense of sexually assaulting a child under the age of six.
Both continuous sexual abuse of a child and super aggravated sexual assault of a child are punishable by 25 years to life in prison with no possibility of parole.
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