How much time can I get for soliciting a minor online?
It is a third-degree felony to exchange sexually explicit messages or pictures with someone under the age of seventeen or someone you believe to be younger than seventeen years of age. So, it is no defense that the underage girl that you thought you were talking to is in reality a middle-age cop. However, if the person that you are exchanging sexually explicit messages and pictures with is younger than fourteen years of age than you could be convicted of a second-degree felony.
Is there a defense to soliciting a minor online?
It is a defense to these charges that you are no more than three years older than the minor, and the minor consented to the conduct.
Section 33.021. ONLINE SOLICITATION OF A MINOR. (a) In this section: (1) “Minor” means: (A) an individual who is younger than 17 years of age; or (B) an individual whom the actor believes to be younger than 17 years of age. (2) “Sexual contact,” “sexual intercourse,” and “deviate sexual intercourse” have the meanings assigned by Section 21.01. (3) “Sexually explicit” means any communication, language, or material, including a photographic or video image, that relates to or describes sexual conduct, as defined by Section 43.25. (b) A person who is 17 years of age or older commits an offense if, with the intent to commit an offense listed in Article 62.001(5)(A), (B), or (K), Code of Criminal Procedure, the person, over the Internet, by electronic mail or text message or other electronic message service or system, or through a commercial online service, intentionally: (1) communicates in a sexually explicit manner with a minor; or (2) distributes sexually explicit material to a minor. (c) A person commits an offense if the person, over the Internet, by electronic mail or text message or other electronic message service or system, or through a commercial online service, knowingly solicits a minor to meet another person, including the actor, with the intent that the minor will engage in sexual contact, sexual intercourse, or deviate sexual intercourse with the actor or another person. (d) It is not a defense to prosecution under Subsection (c) that the meeting did not occur. (e) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that at the time conduct described by Subsection (c) was committed: (1) the actor was married to the minor; or (2) the actor was not more than three years older than the minor and the minor consented to the conduct. (f) An offense under Subsection (b) is a felony of the third degree, except that the offense is a felony of the second degree if the minor is younger than 14 years of age or is an individual whom the actor believes to be younger than 14 years of age at the time of the commission of the offense. An offense under Subsection (c) is a felony of the second degree. (g) If conduct that constitutes an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under any other law, the actor may be prosecuted under this section, the other law, or both.
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