Category Archives: Sex Crimes

Online Sex Crimes: Prostitution over the Web is Illegal in Texas

Internet prostitution is a very (VERY) lucrative enterprise here in Texas.  Consider this: in 2019, criminal justice research studies estimated that 80% of the illegal prostitution industry in this country was conducted over the internet. Why?  There are many reasons.  Pimps and traffickers are reported to prefer online prostitution because it is harder for them…


Child Sex Trafficking Arrest in Texas: Criminal Defense Overview

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) defines Child Sex Trafficking as “… a form of child abuse that occurs when a child under 18 is advertised, solicited or exploited through a commercial sex act.  A commercial sex act is any sex act where something of value – such as money, drugs or a place to stay…


Indecency with a Child Arrest in Texas 

In Texas, it is possible for the testimony of a minor to result in the conviction of an adult for a felony sex crime involving child sex abuse.  This can come with extended prison time as well as the serious social stigma for the accused (and his loved ones) that comes with being labelled as…


Plea Bargaining and Making Deals in Federal Felony Cases: Criminal Defense Overview

In both Texas prosecutions and federal criminal matters, many – if not most – arrests do not end up as a criminal conviction with formal sentencing after a full trial before a judge or jury, but instead are resolved out of the courtroom in what is called “plea bargaining.”  This involves attorneys representing both the…


Buying Sex in Texas: Texas is First State in USA to Make Solicitation of Prostitution a Felony Offense

The term “john” is defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary as “a man who pays money to a prostitute for sex.” In some parts of the world being a john, i.e., buying sex, is legal – although that has never been the case in Texas.  For instance, just a few hours’ drive south on IH-35…


Internet Sex Crimes: Criminal Defense Overview of Texas Online Sexual Offenses

Internet sex crime charges can be filed in Texas based upon either state or federal law.  These cyber-crime sexual offenses frequently involve serious felony charges, where those convicted of online sexual offenses face lengthy incarcerations as well as fines and mandatory registration as a sex offender. Considering how heinous even a rumor that someone is…


Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child:  Texas Penal Code §22.021

Perhaps no criminal prosecution is pursued more aggressively by Texas prosecutors than cases involving allegations of the sexual assault of a child.  Today, more and more arrests and charges are being pursued by law enforcement regarding crimes involving child sexual abuse than ever before.  Correspondingly, statistics report that in the State of Texas, 1 in…


Online Solicitation of a Minor: Texas Penal Code §33.021

One of the many consequences of the unprecedented COVID-19 Pandemic has been the skyrocketing use of the internet by minors, since remote schooling for many required the ability to access the web.  More children in the United States are online than ever before.  Read, “Growing up on screens: How a year lived online has changed…


Federal Prosecution: Commercial Sex Acts and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Under federal law, anyone under the age of 18 years is considered to be a “minor” regardless of how any state statute may define the age of majority, or how sophisticated and mature the individual may appear.  18 U.S.C. § 2256(1).  Minors are assumed to lack the mental ability or capacity to understand the full…


Crimes of Sexual Assault or Rape: Texas Injury Claims Based Upon Premises Liability Law

According to the latest crime statistics compiled by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), sexual assaults are on the rise in our state, with an almost 10% annual increase in reported sexual assaults.  The DPS data confirms that targets of sexual assault in Texas are more likely to be female than male and that …