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The Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is a collaboration of law enforcement agencies created to combat online sexual solicitation and exploitation of minors.
Individuals charged under cybersex laws may be at a disadvantage due to the resources committing by the government.
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Cybersex has become a popular activity in many chat rooms.
When all of the participants are adults, the use of a chat room to exchange sexually explicit messages or to arrange meetings is usually not illegal, but problems arise when one of the chat room participants is a minor.
Someone who becomes the target of an investigation by the Houston task force or by any state or federal law enforcement agency should seek the advice of a criminal defense attorney who has experience handling cases under state and federal cybersex statutes.
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Solicitation of a minor over the Internet is a felony in the third degree in Texas if the victim is less than 17 years of age but older than 14.
The law in Texas removes the fantasy angle from possible defenses that a person charged with committing a cybersex crime might raise.