The law provides under 33.021(c) of the Texas Penal Code, that if a person "knowingly solicits a minor to meet another person, including the actor, with the intent the minor will engage in sexual contact”, they can be charged with Online Solicitation of a Minor.
But… the “minor" doesn't actually have to be a minor.
A person can be charged for responding to messages or emails from a police officer, pretending to be an individual younger than 17.
In Texas, a person faces 2-20 years and prison and a fine up to $10,000.00 if they travel to meet another person purporting to be a minor, for purposes of sexual contact. The law doesn’t distinguish that the individual could be a police officer who is working in response to a financial incentive grant.
In Montgomery County, Texas, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office has an unpublished office policy that their Assistant District Attorneys will only offer prison time to persons arrested and charged with Online Solicitation of a Minor. That person is also facing registration for ten years, as a sex offender.
While this may seem dire, there are things that can be done to help. Experience matters. I have over 15 years of law experience in these types of cases. Contact the office of Andrea Kolski immediately if you or a loved one is facing charges.
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