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Employment Harmful to Minors

Under Texas Penal Code Ann. § 43.251(b), the offense of employment harmful to minors occurs when a defendant induces, authorizes or employs a child to work in a sexually oriented commercial activity or in any place of business requesting, requiring or permitting a child to work nude or topless.

The criminal offense of "employment harmful to minors" is charged as a felony of the second degree. If the child is younger than 14 years of age at the time the offense is committed then the crime is charged as a felony of the first degree.

Defense Attorneys for Harmful Employment for Minors Cases

If you were charged with any offense related to providing employment harmful to minor children in Plano, TX, or the surrounding areas of Dallas-Fort Worth, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Stuckle & Associates PLLC.

Our attorneys represent both men and women charged with this serious criminal offense can be charged as either a second or first degree felony in Texas. Call (972) 423-4405 today to discuss the fact of your case and defenses that might apply.


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Definitions under Employment Harmful to Children in Texas

Under Section 43.251 for employment harmful to children, the term “child” means a person younger than 18 years of age. The term “nude" means a child who is either entirely unclothed or “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.”

The term “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.”

The term “sexually oriented commercial activity" is defined to include any commercial enterprise with the primary business of offering of a service that is intended to provide sexual stimulation or sexual gratification to the customer including the following types of establishments:

  • massage establishment;
  • nude studio;
  • modeling studio; or
  • love parlor.

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Finding an Attorney for Charges Related to Employment Harmful to Children in Texas

If you were charged with any criminal offense related to the sexual exploitation of children then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Stuckle & Associates PLLC. Any charge related to sexually motivated crimes against children have very serious penalties including long periods of incarceration and a sex offender designation that will last a lifetime.

Call us to discuss your case at (972) 423-4405. Our attorneys offer a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case and defenses that might apply.