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Indecent Assault

The Texas Indecent Assault offense was created in the 86th Texas Legislative Session by SB 194. The offense will be effective on September 1, 2019. Learn more detailed information about the Indecent Assault offense below.

*This is a new offense as of 2019. More detail will be added to this page as soon as it is available*

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What is the law on Indecent Assault in Texas?

As of September of 2019, Indecent Assault is to be codified at Section 22.012 of the Texas Penal Code. 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 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:

What is the punishment range for Indecent Assault?

Indecent Assault will be classified as a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.1


Legal References:

1 Texas Penal Code §22.012(b), as passed by SB 194 in the 2019 Texas Legislative Session

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