It was an internet sting, the age of the girl was 13 years
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While this type of question would ordinarily seem to be a simple inquiry, there are too many variables that come into play in any case to determine what a sentence will be based upon the few facts you list. The sentence will vary, depending on whether he is charged under State or Federal law; and, the litany of aggravating and mitigating factors that can affect the sentence is not short. Consult with your lawyer, who can review all of the case facts in light of the aggravating and mitigating factors, and who would then be in a position to properly estimate the sentence. Good luck.
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The punishment range for these offenses in Texas are as follows:
- Attempted Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Minor (TX Penal Code 22.021) is a second degree felony carrying the possibility of 2-20 years in state prison or a probation of up to 10 years.
- Online Solicitation of a Minor (TX Penal Code 33.021) is a state jail felony carrying up to 2 years in state jail or 5 years probation, unless the child is 14 (or the defendant believes child to be 14) in which case it is a third degree felony carrying from 2-10 years in prison or up to 10 years probation.
The actual punishment the State will be asking for (either in negotiations or at trial) will depend heavily on the actual facts of this case. Talk to a local criminal defense attorney who handles child sex cases ASAP.
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