Ruling Takes Limits off Sexually Explicit Talk

Ruling Takes Limits off Sexually Explicit Talk

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals did away with part of a law that addresses sexually explicit talk between adults and minors.
Texas' highest court has thrown out a portion of a law that made sexually explicit talk between adults and minors illegal.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals says that's because the law restricted freedom of speech protections.

Prosecutors with the Wichita County District Attorney's Office say the high court's ruling won't stop them from achieving their objectives.

John Gillespie, first assistant district attorney, says, "If you solicit minors online or children online, we will aggressively prosecute them. If you solicit a minor online, you're going to get investigated, you're going to get prosecuted, and you're likely going to wind up in prison for a long time. This is not going to hinder our efforts at all to protect kids in our community."

Gillespie says prosecutors in the state still have other tools to go after sexual predators, like laws banning the solicitation of minors, possession of child pornography, and distribution of obscene material to minors.

He says parents can make sure their children stay safe by monitoring their electronic devices.
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