Child Enticement Can Lead to a 20 Year Jail Sentence!

December 4, 2013

Section 25.04 of the Texas Penal Code makes it illegal for any adult to “persuade or otherwise entice a child to accompany the adult with the intent to interfere with the parent or guardian’s lawful custody of the child.” Enticement can be done with the intent to have the child engage in prostitution, production of pornography, or any other illegal sexual conduct with a child. It could also be done for other than sexual reasons, but is still a crime nonetheless.

Child enticement can happen in person or by electronic means. When performed via the Internet, it also becomes a crime to distribute sexually explicit material to the child, make arrangements to meet in person, or make sexually suggestive remarks. Asking a child to meet is a crime, even if such meeting never actually takes place.