Child Sex Offenses


A sex crime involving a child is considered one of the most serious crimes in Texas. The public often assumes the accused is guilty and community pressure pushes law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges to take swift and harsh action. A child sex crime accusation is often life-shattering, destroying your reputation, ruining your future, and threatening your freedom. If you are being investigated or have been accused of a child sex crime, you need a highly skilled and experienced child sex crime attorney at your side.

Contact Barbieri Law Firm online or at 972-424-1902.


The legal age of consent in the state of Texas is 17 years of age. Texas law defines a child victim in sex crimes as a person under 17 years of age, or a person who the accused believes to be under 17 years of age. Sometimes the term “minor” is used instead of “child.”

  • Improper student-teacher relationship. Sexual contact with a student by an employee of a private or public school where the student is enrolled, or employee of the school district they are in. The employee may also be charged with the sexual assault of a child.
  • Sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault of a child. A child’s age determines the difference between sexual assault of a child and aggravated sexual assault of a child. Sexual assault of a child involves the sexual penetration of a person 14-16 years of age. This is often referred to as “statutory rape.” Aggravated sexual assault of a child is the sexual penetration of a child under 14 years of age.
  • Continuous sexual abuse of a child. Two or more acts of sexual abuse committed over a period of 30 days or more, by a person 17 years of age or older and against a child younger than 14 years of age.
  • Indecency with a child. The exposure of private parts of the body to a child, or causing a child to expose themself, for the purpose of sexual gratification.

Possible Penalties for Child Sex Crimes in Texas

If convicted, you could be facing: 

  • Up to life in prison without possibility of parole
  • Significant financial fines
  • Registration as a sex offender
  • Restricted from living or working in certain places near children, such as schools
  • Immigration penalties; loss of visa or green card, or deportation
  • Requirement to notify local law enforcement of current address
  • Revoked professional license, such as a teacher, nurse, doctor, pharmacist, lawyer, or childcare provider
  • Unable to secure financial loans
  • Denied rental or housing access

Even if not convicted or completely exonerated, there may still be lifelong consequences, such as:

  • Stigma of child sex crime accusation or investigation
  • Loss of your career or livelihood
  • Loss of your home
  • Loss of custody of your children
  • Divorce
  • Loss of family relationships
  • Loss of friendships
  • Loss of community relationships

If you are under investigation or have been wrongly accused or charged with a child sex offense, call Barbieri Law Firm to protect your legal rights, your freedom, and your life. The firm offers a free initial case evaluation.

Call 972-424-1902 or submit an online form here.