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What is the penalty for sexual assault of a child?

What is the penalty for sexual assault of a child? As you are aware, sexual assault of a child is a high penalty crime, but do you know the penalty for the crime here in the state of Texas? The punishment for sexual assault of a child ranges from a 2nd to a 1st degree felony depending upon the seriousness of the crime committed.

Child sexual assault is a second-degree felony in the state of Texas and aggravated child sexual assault carries the weight of a first-degree felony offense. Child sexual assault and other child sex-related offenses carry substantial penalties under the Texas law. While there are limited circumstances in which these offenses can qualify as a Class A or Class B misdemeanor, if someone has been accused of sexually assaulting, abusing or exploiting a child, they will most likely find themselves facing felony charges.

This video can help you learn to keep track of possible sex offenders in your area. You can also read more at our blog post “What are the two types of sex offender registration in Texas?” here.

Video Transcript

Shawn McDonald: “It ranges anywhere from a second degree to a first degree felony. I mean, if there’s a death involved, if it’s a child it can bump up the level of punishment. But it’s a high level felony.”

Interviewer: “How much time is somebody looking at doing on those?”

Shawn McDonald: “Two to twenty on a second and five to life on a first degree felony. So it’s… you can do hard time.”


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