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Texas Indecent Assault Law

The Texas Indecent Assault offense was created during the 86th Texas Legislative Session and went into effect on September 1, 2019.1 Learn more detailed information about the Indecent Assault offense below.

*This is a new offense as of September 2019*

Arrested for Indecent Assault in Texas? Call criminal defense lawyer Paul Saputo at (888) 239-9305 to discuss legal representation.

What is the current Texas law on Indecent Assault?

As of September of 2019, Indecent Assault was codified at Section 22.012 of the Texas Penal Code.2 Subsection (a) describes the offense as:

A person commits an offense if, without the other person’s consent and with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, the person:

(1) touches the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of another person;

(2) touches another person with the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of any person;

(3) exposes or attempts to expose another person’s genitals, pubic area, anus, buttocks, or female areola; or

(4) causes another person to contact the blood, seminal fluid, vaginal fluid, saliva, urine, or feces of any person.

What is the punishment range for Indecent Assault in Texas?

Indecent Assault is classified as a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.3

Is Indecent Assault a registrable offense?

Indecent Assault does not currently appear on Texas’s list of registrable offenses.4

Legal References:

1 S.B. 194, 86th Legislature, Sections 1 & 17

2 Texas Penal Code §22.012(a)

3 Texas Penal Code §22.012(b)

4 Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Section 62.001

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