Texas sex crimes come in many forms and can lead to serious penalties and prison time if convicted. Many sex crimes follow the guilty throughout his or her lifetime with the "sex offender" label, requiring the offenders to remain on registries and limiting their opportunities for employment and places to reside.
A few offenses under the "sex crimes" umbrella include and are defined as follows:
- Indecent exposure is the exposure of one's genitals in public;
- Sexual assault involves the unwanted sexual touching by a person;
- Rape is the act of non-consensual sexual intercourse committed by force, under duress or the threat of injury;
- Statutory rape is the act of engaging in sexual relations with a minor or someone under the varying "age of consent," depending on the state where the incident took place;
- Prostitution is the offering or engagement of sexual acts for money; and
- Solicitation is the enticement of one person to another to commit a sexual crime, like prostitution.