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Texas Laws | Penal Code
PENAL CODE
TITLE 9. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER AND DECENCY

(4) expert medical testimony based on the appearance of the child engaging in the sexual performance; or (5268)

(5) any other method authorized by law or by the rules of evidence at common law. (5269)

(h) Conduct under this section constitutes an offense regardless of whether the actor knows the age of the victim at the time of the offense. (5270)

Added by Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 1035, ch. 381, Sec. 1, eff. June 10, 1977. Amended by Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 1976, ch. 779, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979; Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 530, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, Sec. 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1415, Sec. 22(b), eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1005, Sec. 4, 5 eff. Sept. 1, 2003. (5271)

Amended by: (5272)

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 593 (H.B. 8), Sec. 1.20, eff. September 1, 2007. (5273)

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 685 (H.B. 29), Sec. 41, eff. September 1, 2017. (5274)

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1038 (H.B. 1808), Sec. 12, eff. September 1, 2017. (5275)

Sec. 43.251. EMPLOYMENT HARMFUL TO CHILDREN. (5276)(Text)

(a) In this section: (5277)

(1) "Child" means a person younger than 18 years of age. (5278)

(2) "Massage" has the meaning assigned to the term "massage therapy" by Section 455.001, Occupations Code. (5279)

(3) "Massage establishment" has the meaning assigned by Section 455.001, Occupations Code. (5280)

(4) "Nude" means a child who is: (5281)

(A) entirely unclothed; or (5282)

(B) clothed in a manner that leaves uncovered or visible through less than fully opaque clothing any portion of the breasts below the top of the areola of the breasts, if the child is female, or any portion of the genitals or buttocks. (5283)

(5) "Sexually oriented commercial activity" means a massage establishment, nude studio, modeling studio, love parlor, or other similar commercial enterprise the primary business of which is the offering of a service that is intended to provide sexual stimulation or sexual gratification to the customer. (5284)

(6) "Topless" means a female child clothed in a manner that leaves uncovered or visible through less than fully opaque clothing any portion of her breasts below the top of the areola. (5285)

(b) A person commits an offense if the person employs, authorizes, or induces a child to work: (5286)

(1) in a sexually oriented commercial activity; or (5287)

(2) in any place of business permitting, requesting, or requiring a child to work nude or topless. (5288)

(5289)

Text of subsection as amended by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 685 (H.B. 29), Sec. 42 (5290)

(5291)

(c) An offense under this section is a felony of the second degree, except that the offense is a felony of the first degree if the child is younger than 14 years of age at the time the offense is committed, regardless of whether the actor knows the age of the child at the time of the offense. (5292)

(5293)

Text of subsection as amended by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1038 (H.B. 1808), Sec. 13 (5294)

(5295)

(c) An offense under this section is a felony of the second degree, except that the offense is a felony of the first degree if the victim is younger than 14 years of age at the time the offense is committed, regardless of whether the actor knows the age of the victim at the time of the offense. (5296)

(5297)

Text of subsection as added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 685 (H.B. 29), Sec. 42 (5298)

(5299)

(d) Conduct under this section constitutes an offense regardless of whether the actor knows the age of the child at the time of the offense. (5300)

(5301)

Text of subsection as added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1038 (H.B. 1808), Sec. 13 (5302)

(5303)

(d) Conduct under this section constitutes an offense regardless of whether the actor knows the age of the victim at the time of the offense. (5304)

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 783, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 31, 1987. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, Sec. 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 14.832, eff. Sept. 1, 2001. (5305)

Amended by: (5306)

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 515 (H.B. 2014), Sec. 4.03, eff. September 1, 2011. (5307)

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 938 (H.B. 290), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011. (5308)

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1252 (H.B. 8), Sec. 18, eff. September 1, 2013. (5309)

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 685 (H.B. 29), Sec. 42, eff. September 1, 2017. (5310)

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1038 (H.B. 1808), Sec. 13, eff. September 1, 2017. (5311)

Sec. 43.26. POSSESSION OR PROMOTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. (5312)(Text)

(a) A person commits an offense if: (5313)

(1) the person knowingly or intentionally possesses, or knowingly or intentionally accesses with intent to view, visual material that visually depicts a child younger than 18 years of age at the time the image of the child was made who is engaging in sexual conduct, including a child who engages in sexual conduct as a victim of an offense under Section 20A.02(a)(5), (6), (7), or (8); and (5314)

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