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In Texas, who can charge and prosecute a child molester?

Katy, TX |

Can anyone other than the "victim" or the parent's of the "victim" in the case of a minor accuse or prosecute a "perpetrator" for child sex abuse?

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Anyone can report a crime to law enforcement. If you have reason to believe a child has been sexually abused, you need to report that immediately to avoid any other children being victimized. Law enforcement will definitely investigate.

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Also, if you know that a child is being abused you are legally required to report it.

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Anyone can report abuse, however, the decision to prosecute and pursue charges largely rest with the State, victim and/or parent and legal guardian. If the victim is old enough to understand and is competent to testify parental consent is not important.

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