It is a defense in Texas to a charge of online solicitation of a minor if the minor and the adult are married to each other at the time the offense is alleged to have occurred.
The law also allows an individual charged with committing the crime to avoid a conviction if the minor consented to the solicitation and the person charged was no more than three years older than the minor.
For example, they often spend all night on the computer and then get online again at work.
Overall, about 6 percent of Internet users are compulsive in their online behavior, and about half of those are sexually compulsive, Greenfield said.
Chat rooms are frequently used by people acting out their sexual fantasies under what they believe to be the safety afforded to them by the anonymity of the Internet.
The law in Texas removes the fantasy angle from possible defenses that a person charged with committing a cybersex crime might raise.
It must also be done under the belief that the person to whom the communication is being made is a minor.
It is also a crime under state law for an adult to communicate with and solicit a minor in to meet with the intent of engaging in any of the following activities: The federal law pertaining to cybersex with a minor uses terms such as “enticing,” “inducing” and persuading to define the prohibited conduct.
The Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is a collaboration of law enforcement agencies created to combat online sexual solicitation and exploitation of minors.
A felony third degree in Texas is punishable by imprisonment for a minimum of two years and a maximum of 10 with a fine up to ,000.
A second degree felony is punishable by a prison term of at least two years and a maximum of 20.
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