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What Is Indecent Assault in Texas?


Earlier this month, Justin Barrett Frazell, a former country radio station host in North Texas, pleaded no contest to a Denton County indecent assault charge. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Frazell had sex crimes convictions on his record prior to adding indecent assault to his list of offenses. Frazell was charged with indecent assault in December 2020 while at the Lucky Spur Ranch Retreat in Justin, Texas.

Frazell was at the Lucky Spur hosting an event. A woman who was attending the event told law enforcement that after the event was over, she and her date went back to their room. While they were asleep in the bedroom, Frazell came in and began fondling the woman. Reportedly, he was only wearing a T-shirt and underwear at the time. Frazell left the bedroom after the woman began to wake her date. The report doesn’t specify whether Frazell was staying in the same room at the Lucky Spur or if he had entered their room uninvited.

Reportedly, following his plea, Frazell was sentenced to 18 months of deferred-adjudication probation and 80 hours of community service.

What Are Examples of Indecent Assault in Texas?

In Texas, any form of groping or inappropriate sexual contact is considered indecent assault. However, there are more clear-cut illustrations of indecent assault than that. The following are examples of what specific acts are considered indecent assault in Texas:

  • Touching any part of another person’s genitals, breasts, or anus
  • Causing a person to contact the feces, semen, vaginal fluid, blood, or urine of another person
  • Touching a person with any part of another person’s anus, genitals, or breasts
  • Attempting to expose or exposing any part of another person’s pubic area, buttocks, genitals, nipples (female only), or anus

What Are the Penalties for Indecent Assault in Texas?

Indecent assault is categorized as a misdemeanor in Texas. Still, punishments for an indecent assault conviction are often more severe than people realize. The penalties for an indecent assault conviction in Texas includes the following:

  • Up to a year in county jail
  • Up to $4,000 in fines

In addition, even though indecent assault is sexual in nature, unlike many other sex crimes, people convicted of indecent assault are not required to register as sex offenders.

Call Our Experienced Indecent Assault Attorney for a Free Case Evaluation

An indecent assault charge should be taken very seriously, especially if you have a criminal record. If handled poorly, an indecent assault charge can result in jail time, expensive fines, and the loss of your right to carry a firearm.

Attorney Derek A. Adame has been successfully handling criminal cases for almost 25 years. Prior to becoming a defense lawyer, Attorney Adame was a prosecutor, so he understands every aspect of criminal law in Texas. In addition, as his case results prove, Attorney Adame has a long history of helping his clients secure the most favorable outcome possible for their situation.

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For more information about indecent assault charges in Texas, or to discuss your situation with our experienced criminal defense attorney, call us at 940.441.4239 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

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