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Unlawful Electronic Transmission of Sexually Explicit Visual Material

The Texas Unlawful Electronic Transmission of Sexually Explicit Visual Material offense was created in the 86th Texas Legislative Session by HB 2789. The offense will be effective on September 1, 2019. Learn more detailed information about the Unlawful Electronic Transmission of Sexually Explicit Visual Material offense below.

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

Concerned about Unlawful Electronic Transmission of Sexually Explicit Visual Material in Texas? Call criminal defense lawyer Paul Saputo at (888) 239-9305 to discuss legal representation.

What is the current Texas law on Unlawful Electronic Transmission of Sexually Explicit Visual Material?

The current Texas law is as follows:1

A person commits an offense if the person knowingly transmits by electronic means visual material that:

(1) depicts:

(A) any person engaging in sexual conduct or with the person’s intimate parts exposed; or

(B) covered genitals of a male person that are in a discernibly turgid state; and

(2) is not sent at the request of or with the express consent of the recipient

What is the punishment range for Unlawful Electronic Transmission of Sexually Explicit Visual Material?

The classification for Unlawful Electronic Transmission of Sexually Explicit Visual Material will be a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $500. 2

Is this a registrable offense?

This offense is not on the list of reportable offenses in Chapter 62, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.


Legal References:

1 Texas Penal Code §21.19

2 Texas Penal Code §21.19(c), as passed by HB 2789 in the 2019 Texas Legislative Session

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