Statute of Limitations Sexual Offenses in Texas

Texas

Is there a statute on statutory rape in the state of Texas?

Criminal Prosecutions
Citation: Crim. Proc. Code art. 12.01

There is no statute of limitations for sexual assault where DNA evidence is collected and subjected to DNA testing and the testing results show that the matter does not match the victim or any other person whose identity is readily ascertained.

The statute of limitations for filing a criminal claim for certain offenses is 10 years after commission of the offense. The offenses included are:

  • All other sexual assaults
  • Injury to a child punishable as a felony of the 1st degree

The statute of limitations for certain offenses is 5 years after commission of the offense. The offenses included are:

  • Kidnapping
  • Injury to a child not punishable as a felony of the 1st degree
  • Abandoning or endangering a child

The statute of limitations for certain offenses against a minor is a period within 10 years after the victim reaches age 18. The offenses included are:

  • Indecency with a child
  • Intentional or knowing sexual assault of a child
  • Intentional or knowing aggravated assault of a child

Generally, the statute of limitations for a felony is 3 years after commission of the offense.

Civil Actions
Citation: Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code §§ 16.001; 16.0045

The statute of limitations for certain offenses is a period within 5 years after commission of the offense. The offenses included are:

  • Sexual assault
  • Aggravated sexual assault

The statute of limitations will not begin for a minor entitled to file a claim until he or she reaches 18 years of age.