Accused of indecency with a child in Waco or McLennan County?
The crime of child molestation is called indecency with a child in the Texas Penal Code. Thomas C. West is a board certified criminal defense lawyer and former McLennan County prosecutor. His experience in these cases can help provide important strategy and spot weakness in the prosecution’s case. Call him at 254-753-6437 for a free 30 minute consultation.
The crime of indecency with a child is divided into two specific crimes: Indecency with a Child by Contact, which involves touching, and Indecency with a Child by Exposure, which is exposing without touching. Both apply in relation to a child younger than 17, of the same or opposite sex, with the intent to arouse or gratify any person’s sexual desire. Both are felonies, with Indecency with a Child by Contact being the more serious of the two—a second degree felony. It is irrelevant in Texas whether the touching was under the clothes or over clothes.
Accused of indecency with a child by contact in Waco?
The offense of indecency with a child by contact includes:
• Any touching by a person, including touching through clothing, of the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of a child
• Any touching of any part of the body of a child, including touching through clothing, with the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of a person
Indicted for Indecency with a Child by Exposure in McLennan County?
Indecency with a Child by Exposure, the lesser of the two Indecency charges, is a third degree felony. A person is guilty of the crime of Exposure if:
•The person exposes the anus or any part of the genitals, knowing the child is present
•The person causes the child to expose the child’s anus or any part of the child’s genitals.
A conviction of indecency with a child can result in your being sent to prison for as long as twenty years and registering as a sex offender for the remainder of your life. Any person accused of sexual crimes against children is entitled to the same legal defense of any other accused person. However, the charge itself can be devastating to your friendships and reputation. If you have been charged with indecency with a child in McLennan County, you need an experienced and aggressive lawyer to represent you. With a personal lawyer by your side, it may be the only practical opportunity to avoid charges being filed, or if they are filed, having them dropped or reduced. Call 254-753-6437 for a free 30 minute consultation with Thomas C. West, a board certified criminal law specialist.