Court Rules It's Not Illegal to Talk Dirty to Minors
Nov 4, 2013 at 5:38 PM CST
Nov 4, 2013
Believe it or not, it is no longer a crime for adults to talk 'dirty' to minors online, in Texas. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals struck down a law that made that illegal. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals cited the first amendment in its decision. The ruling reverses a law that once made it illegal for adults to have a sexual conversation with a minor, online. Fred Garza is not only Webb County's Chief Deputy, he's also a parent worried about this new ruling. "Definitely as a parent and a grandfather, and I'm sure I speak for all parents out there, this is not a matter of free speech where somebody is actually getting online and talking sexually to someone under the age of 17 years old about sexual nature and sexual things. Definitely not ethical, not moral." The sheriff's office started a project called Operation Child Guardian back in 2011. Since then, 26 alleged predators have been arrested. Chief Garza said this ruling would not affect the operation because it is still a crime to attempt to meet a minor in person, and that is who the sheriff's office targets. This mother, who asked that we not identify her, doesn't like the decision either... "(Spanish translation:)I feel bad that it isn't a crime, it should be a crime. I feel helpless that children are not protected, especially over the Internet. It's a place where children can be attacked and abused." Chief Garza said despite this new ruling, they will continue their efforts to keep predators from talking with the children, online.