By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor
JEFFERSON – Terry Lynn Jones, Jr. pled guilty last week in district court to a reduced charge of indecency with a child, exposure.
Jones, Jr. had originally been charged with indecency with a child, sexual contact, according to court records.
Jones, Jr. was sentenced to eight years deferred adjudication, a $2,500 fine, court costs and must register as a sex offender.
Under Penal Code 21.11(a)(1) a person may be charged with Indecency with a Child by Contact. This refers to sexual touching of a child that does not involve penetration.
Under 21.11(a)(2), indecency with a child by exposure, the statute criminalizes the conduct of an individual who exposes themselves, knowing the child is present; or causes the child to expose themselves with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.
Indecency with a child by exposure is a third degree felony and carries a prison range of two to ten years and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
A prosecutor may agree to place a person on deferred adjudication for Indecency with a Child, according to publically available information. While deferred adjudication may avoid a conviction for many purposes, it is still a reportable conviction for purposes of sex offender registration.
A person placed on deferred adjudication for indecency with a child must register as a sex offender for 10 years.
Telephone calls to District Attorney Angela Smoak, Sheriff David McKnight and defense attorney Gary Albertson, II were not returned by Jimplecute presstime.
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