Sex Offenders in Texas Must Register in Their Communities

Texas, like all states and the Federal Government have requirements for sex offenders in Texas to register as such in their local communities. The law lists certain “reportable convictions” to which registration extends, including but not limited to, being convicted, being placed on deferred adjudication and/or an adjudication as a delinquent if a minor for certain sex offenses. Among the offenses for which registration is mandated includes violations of the following statutes:

Section 21.02 – continuous sexual abuse of a child;
Section 21.11 – Indecency with a Child;
Section 22.011 – Sexual Assault;
Section 21.021 – Aggravated Sexual Assault
Section 25.02 – Prohibited Sexual Conduct
Section 43.25 – Sexual Performance by a Child

It should be noted that registration extends to many other offenses, such as multiple instances of indecent exposure and certain burglaries and other crimes but your question referenced crimes involving children. Generally, persons required to register must do so with the local law enforcement agency, a municipality if incorporated or the sheriff if not., in the local where the person lives or intends to live/reside for more than seven (67) days and the person MUST do so no later than the seventh day after they arrive or the “first date that the law enforcement agency allows the person to register”.

If the party intends to change their address they must report in person to the local law enforcement agency to which he is already reporting to inform them of his intended change. In addition, if the person has on at least three (3) occasions during any month spends more than 48 consecutive hours in a city or county of this state, other than the location of his primary residence, they shall before the last day of that month report that fact to the local city or county agency.

The length of time that registration is required in some cases is ten (10) years, however, in cases involving children registration, pursuant to Article 62.101 ends upon death so the defendant can rest easy knowing that registration of your tombstone will not be required.