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Online Solicitation of a Minor in Conroe, Texas

Understanding What the Law Says About Soliciting Minors Online

In the state of Texas, the online solicitation of a minor (§ 22.021) is a serious criminal offense. For this crime, a minor is defined as anyone who is 17 years of age or younger; this includes individuals who represent themselves to be that young or individuals who the defendant believes to be that age.

Solicitation of a Minor in Texas Defined

Under Texas law, the online solicitation of a minor is defined as the act of communicating sexually explicit material with a minor or distributing sexual explicit material to a minor. It also includes soliciting a minor to meet offline with the intentions of engaging in sexual contact or intercourse.

The following are not considered to be viable defenses:

  • The fact that the meeting never occurred;
  • The fact that defendant did not intend to meet with the minor; or
  • The fact that defendant was playing out a "fantasy."

The following, however, are considered to be defenses:

  • The defendant & the minor were married; or
  • The defendant was less than three years older than the minor & the minor consented.

This could be tried as a state jail felony, third-degree felony, or second-degree felony, depending on the circumstances of the crime. For example, attempting to meet a minor who is younger than 14 years of age offline for the purposes of sexual contact would be considered a second-degree felony.

Defend Your Rights: Call a Montgomery County Defense Lawyer

If you or someone you love has been accused of soliciting a minor online, you do not have time to hesitate. Contact an experienced Montgomery County criminal defense attorney from Douglas W. Atkinson, Attorney at Law as soon as possible. Their firm has been helping clients throughout the local area since 1998 and is prepared to put together an aggressive defense strategy on your behalf.

Call today for the help you need!