Texas Child Pornography Laws

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The definition of child pornography is any visual depictions of sexual conduct involving a minor child. If a person is found to be in possession of child pornography, participated in the production of this sex crime, or sells or transports it, he or she is subject to a lengthy prison sentence, an expensive fine, and registration as a sex offender for the rest of his or her life.

If you are facing child pornography charges in Texas, The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C. is committed to protecting your rights, reputation, and future. With decades of experience, our Bryan and College Station criminal defense lawyers possess the comprehensive knowledge of state law to guide you through the intricacies of the criminal justice system and understand what it takes to win.

Texas Child Pornography Statute & Penalties

According to Texas law, an individual commits the crime of possession of child pornography if he or she intentionally or knowingly possesses visual material that depicts a child younger than 18 years old engaging in sexual conduct. Possession of child pornography is considered a third-degree felony, punishable by a prison sentence between two and 10 years and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Furthermore, if a person possesses visual material that contains six or more identical depictions of a child, he or she will be charged with intent to promote child pornography. This crime is a second-degree felony, punishable by a prison sentence between two and 20 years and a fine of up to $20,000.

It is illegal to broadcast, photograph, record, videotape, or transmit any visual image of a child with the intent to arouse or sexually gratify another individual. This offense is a state jail felony, punishable by a jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years and a fine of up to $10,000.

A person can be charged with sexual performance of a child if he or she authorizes, employs, or induces a person who is under 18 years of age to engage in sexual conduct or sexual performance. This offense is considered a second-degree felony. However, it can be upgraded to a first-degree felony if the victim was under 14 years of age at the time of the offense. A first-degree felony results in a prison sentence ranging from five and 99 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

Lastly, child pornography convictions may also require the defendant to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his or her life.

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