Child Sexual Abuse

All sex offenses are taken seriously in Texas, but the consequences for such crimes can be extremely severe when the alleged victims are children. Continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children is a felony offense in Texas that carries the possibility of life in prison.

Even if a person is released from prison, a continuous sexual abuse conviction will require that individual register as a sex offender for the remainder of his or her life. Unlike civil investigations of child abuse by state agencies, the goal of criminal investigations conducted by police is to gather evidence to convict alleged offenders.

Lawyer for Child Sexual Abuse Arrests in Conroe, TX

Do you believe that you might be under investigation or were you already arrested for continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children in Montgomery County or Harris County? Even if you are completely confident in your innocence, you should still refuse to speak to authorities until you have first contacted Evans & Powell, PLLC.

Conroe criminal defense attorneys Sean Evans and Frank Powell aggressively defend clients accused of sex offenses in communities all over Harris County and Montgomery County, such as Willis, and Woodbranch, Magnolia, Patton Village, Pinehurst, Splendora, Spring, The Woodlands, many others. Call (936) 622-2000 to have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free initial consultation.


Montgomery County Continuous Sexual Abuse Information Center


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Child Sexual Abuse Charges in Texas

Under Texas Penal Code § 21.02(b), a person commits the criminal offense of continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children if:

  • during a period that is 30 or more days in duration, he or she 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 alleged offender is 17 years of age or older and the alleged victim is a child younger than 14 years of age.

For purposes of this section, the phrase "act of sexual abuse" is defined as any one or more of the following violations:

  • Aggravated kidnapping, if the alleged offender committed the offense with the intent to violate or abuse the victim sexually;
  • Indecency with a child, if the alleged offender committed the offense in a manner other than by touching, including touching through clothing, the breast of a child;
  • Burglary, if the offense is punishable as a first-degree felony and the actor committed the offense with the intent to commit aggravated kidnapping, indecency with a child, sexual assault, or aggravated sexual assault;
  • Sexual performance by a child;
  • Trafficking of persons; and
  • Compelling prostitution.

A jury is not required to agree unanimously on which specific acts of sexual abuse were committed by the alleged offender or the exact date when those acts were committed, but the jury must agree unanimously that he or she, during a period that is 30 or more days in duration, committed two or more acts of sexual abuse.


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Montgomery County Child Sexual Abuse Penalties

Continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children is a first-degree felony in Texas. A conviction is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and up to 99 years or life in prison. People convicted of continuous sexual abuse also must register as sex offenders for the remainders of their lives.

Texas Penal Code § 21.02(g) does establish that it is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the alleged offender:

  • was not more than five years older than the victim of the offense, if the offense is alleged to have been committed against only one victim, or the youngest victim of the offense, if the offense is alleged to have been committed against more than one victim;
  • did not use duress, force, or a threat against a victim at the time of the commission of any of the acts of sexual abuse alleged as an element of the offense; and
  • at the time of the commission of any of the acts of sexual abuse alleged as an element of the offense, was not required to register for life as a sex offender, or was not a person who had a reportable conviction or adjudication for an offense under this section or an act of sexual abuse.

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Child Sexual Abuse Resources in Texas

Children's Safe Harbor — Children’s Safe Harbor is a Conroe-based nonprofit organization with the mission "to protect and enhance the life of every child who has the courage to battle sexual and physical abuse." Visit this website to learn more about types of child abuse, reporting child abuse, and protecting your children. You can also find news articles, brochures, newsletters, and an annual report.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) | Reporting Child Abuse — On this section of the DFPS website, you can find information about reporting child abuse in Texas. The website encourages people to report what you know about the child, report what you know about the event, and report even when in doubt. You can also learn more about what what child abuse and neglect are, legally.


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Evans & Powell, PLLC | Conroe Child Sexual Abuse Defense Attorney

If you were arrested or think that you could be under investigation in Harris County or Montgomery County for continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children, it is in your best interest to immeidately retain legal counsel. Evans & Powell, PLLC represents individuals in The Woodlands, Willis, Cut and Shoot, Oak Ridge North, Panorama Village, Porter Heights, Shenandoah, Spring, and several surrounding areas of Montgomery County and Harris County.

Sean Evans and Frank Powell are experienced criminal defense lawyers in Conroe who will fight to possibly have your criminal charges reduced or dismissed. You can have our attorneys review your case and help you understand all of your legal options when you call (936) 622-2000 or fill out an online contact form to schedule a free, confidential consultation.


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